The Seizure of the Planter

The Seizure of the Planter (HM165S)

Location: Charleston, SC 29401 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 46.385', W 79° 55.637'

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???Early on May 13, 1862, Robert Smalls, an enslaved harbor pilot aboard the Planter, seized the 149-ft. Confederate transport from a wharf just east of here. He and six enslaved crewmen took the vessel before dawn when its captain, pilot, and engineer were ashore. Smalls guided the ship through the channel, past Fort Sumter, and out to sea, delivering it to the Federal fleet which was blockading the harbor.
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???Northern and Southern newspapers called this feat "bold" and "daring." Smalls and his crew, a crewman on another ship, and eight other enslaved persons including Smalls' wife, Hanna, and three children, won their freedom by it.
???Smalls (1839-1915) was appointed captain of the Planter by a U.S. Army contract in 1853. A native of Beaufort, he was later a state legislator and then a five-term U.S. Congressman.
HM NumberHM165S
Marker Number10-76
Year Placed2012
Placed ByHistoric Charleston Foundation and the African American Historical Alliance
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 10:47am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 600466 N 3626640
Decimal Degrees32.77308333, -79.92728333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.385', W 79° 55.637'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 23.10" N, 79° 55' 38.22" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 40 E Bay St, Charleston SC 29401, US
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