This weekend, Charleston hosts a two-day observance of the life and work of Robert Smalls, a slave who commandeered a Confederate steam transport, making his way up the Cooper River and surrendering to Union forces. He won freedom for him and his family, then commanded the ship through 17 engagements. There’s more to the story; read it here. (Illustration by John Phillips)

This weekend, Charleston hosts a two-day observance of the life and work of Robert Smalls, a slave who commandeered a Confederate steam transport, making his way up the Cooper River and surrendering to Union forces. He won freedom for him and his family, then commanded the ship through 17 engagements. There’s more to the story; read it here. (Illustration by John Phillips)

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