Gunboat "Planter" | History of SC Slide Collection
The gunboat "Planter," seized by an African-American crew and the daring African-American harbor pilot Robert Smalls, did manage to break the federal blockade of the city in May of 1862. Smalls deceived the guard at Fort Sumter into believing he was the gunboat's captain, got by the Confederate forces, then surrendered to the blockading Union warships, and finally steamed triumphantly to Port Royal. (On Smalls' subsequent career, see Robert Smalls) From "Harper's Weekly," May 1862.
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