Robert Smalls, 1839 – 1915: A Selective List

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From Harper’s Weekly

Beaufort’s native son, Robert Smalls, was born into slavery in 1839. On the night of May 12,1862, he made a daring dash across Charleston Harbor piloting The Planter, a steamship contracted to the Confederate government. He surrendered it to Union forces thereby becoming the first African-American hero of the Civil War. When peace returned, he returned to Beaufort County, SC, embracing the rough-and-tumble daily life of the Reconstruction era. He actively participated in politics at local, state, and federal levels until the end of his life. This selective list of materials about his life and legacy was prepared by Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA, Manager of the Beaufort County Library’s special local history collection and archives, the Beaufort District Collection.

Latest update 10 August July 2014; All links verified as of 7 August 2014.

Authors

“Robert Smalls: War Hero and Legislator, (1839-1915)” by Dennis Adams and Grace Morris Cordial http://www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/htdocs-sirsi/smalls.htm  

“Short Biography” by Dennis Adams http://beaufortcountylibrary.org/htdocs-sirsi/famous.htm#Smalls

“Black Americans in Congress, 1870 – 2007,” by History, Art & Archives, United States House of Representatives website http://history.house.gov/Exhibitions-and-Publications/BAIC/Black-Americans-in-Congress/

“Robert Smalls: Former Slave and Civil War Hero” website by Hagley Museum & Library http://www.hagley.org/online_exhibits/civilwar/smalls/index.html
“The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls: A Traveling Exhibition” of the South Carolina State Museum website, curated by the Robert Smalls Collection http://www.robertsmalls.com/index.html
A curriculum unit on Robert Smalls designed for Gifted and Talented students is available through the Civil War Preservation Trust website.  Go to http://telegraph.civilwar.org/education/curriculum/Gifted%20and%20Talented/CWPT%20Gifted%20Curriculum%20-%20Robert%20Smalls.pdf
for the 37 page lesson packet.
“The Search for Planter: The Ship that Escaped Charleston and Carried Robert Smalls to Destiny,” Report of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration investigation, 36 pp. View online at http://www.voyagetodiscovery.org/planter_report.pdf.
Additional web-based research resources are available through subscription databases of the Beaufort County Library.  Anyone can use these resources inside our buildings. Subscription database users must have a valid Beaufort County Library card, current user name and password codes to access these databases away from our facilities.  Ask at any Branch Library for a library card application, current user name and password codes, and for a demonstration of how to use to these (and other) subscription databases. 
You can check out these materials from the Beaufort County Library: 

B SMALLS Mary Long’s Yesteryear: Robert Smalls: Gullah Statesman by SCETV, 1990, 2004 [DVD]

B SMALLS Congressman Robert Smalls [DVD] : a patriot’s journey from slavery to Capitol Hill by Adrena Ifill, Doubleback Productions, 2005  [DVD]

B SMALLS Gullah Statesman: Robert Smalls from Slavery to Congress, 1839-1915 by Edward A. Miller, Jr., University of South Carolina Press, 1995.

B SMALLS Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert Smalls by Dorothy Sterling, Doubleday, 1958.

B SMALLS Yearning to Breathe Free: Robert Smalls of South Carolina and his Families by Andrew Billingsley, University of South Carolina Press, 2007.

For Young Readers:

B SMALLS From Slave to Civil War Hero: The Life and Times of Robert Smalls by Michael L. Cooper, Lodestart Books, 1994.

B SMALLS  Seven Miles to Freedom:  The Robert Smalls Story by Janet Halfmann, Lee & Low Books, 2008.

B SMALLS The Freedom Ship of Robert Smalls by Louise Meriwether, Prentice-Hall, 1971.

E RAP Freedom Ship by Doreen Rappaport, Hyperion Books for Children, 2006.

Come to the Beaufort District Collection Research Room to see these items:

SC B SMALLS Yearning to Breathe Free: Robert Smalls of South Carolina and his Families by Andrew Billingsley, University of South Carolina Press, 2007. 

SC B SMALLS From Slave to Civil War Hero: The Life and Times of Robert Smalls by Michael L. Cooper, Lodestart Books, 1994.

SC B SMALLS  “The Life of Robert Smalls” from Golden Legacy Illustrated History Magazine, vol. 9,  Fitzgerald Publishing, 1970.

SC B SMALLS  Seven Miles to Freedom:  The Robert Smalls Story by Janet Halfmann, Lee & Low Books, 2008.

SC B SMALLS  “Robert Smalls: From Runaway Slave to Congressman,” by John Hall from The State newspaper, 1987.

SC B SMALLS Robert Smalls and His Environs, 1839-1914: Slave, Hero, Statesman by the Humanities School of Beaufort, 1999.

SC B SMALLS Congressman Robert Smalls [DVD] : a patriot’s journey from slavery to Capitol Hill by Adrena Ifill, Doubleback Productions, 2005  [DVD]

SC B SMALLS  Arrest and Imprisonment of Hon. Robert Smalls: January 25, 1878 [pamphlet] by  Mr. Knott. Washington, D.C.: House of Representatives, 1878. 45th Congress, 1st session, no. 100.

SC B SMALLS Mary Long’s Yesteryear: Robert Smalls: Gullah Statesman by SCETV, 1990, 2004 [DVD]

SC B SMALLS Gullah Statesman: Robert Smalls from Slavery to Congress, 1839-1915 by Edward A. Miller, Jr., University of South Carolina Press, 1995.

SC B SMALLS Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert Smalls by Dorothy Sterling, Doubleday, 1958.

SC B SMALLS From Slavery to Public Service: Robert Smalls, 1839-1915 by Okon Edet Uya, Oxford University Press, 1971.

SC 975.799 ROB  Robert Smalls vs. William Elliot, United States House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.:  House of Representatives, 1888. 50th Congress, 2nd session, H.R. 3536.

SC B SMALLS Robert Smalls: Sail Away to Freedom (Mary Long’s Yesteryear series) by SCETV, 1990. [VHS]

The Beaufort District Collection Research Room has a number of relevant Vertical Files relating to the life and times of Robert Smalls. A vertical file is a created collection of loose clippings from newspapers and magazines, brochures, pamphlets, and other ephemera about a particular topic.

  • Planter (ship)
  • Robert Smalls Legacy Foundation
  • Smalls, Robert (1839-1915) – Biographical and Genealogical Data
  • Smalls, Robert (1839-1915) – Media
  • Smalls, Robert (1839-1915) – Military and Militia Service
  • Smalls, Robert (1839-1915) – Political Career, 1865-1915
  • Smalls, Robert (1839-1915) – Real Estate Holdings
  • Smalls, Robert (1839-1915) – Resources
  • Smalls, Robert (1839-1915) – Tributes and Recognitions
  • USS Major General Robert Smalls (ship)

mills atlas    Contact the Beaufort District Collection at (843) 255-6468 or e-mail gracec@bcgov.net for additional information about local history and archives relating to the people, places, and themes of the history, culture, and natural environment of Beaufort County, Jasper County, and Hampton County, South Carolina.

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