April 5 Birthday – Robert Smalls, ROBERT SMALLS SAILS TO FREEDOM

Robert Smalls, politician, ship’s captain, civil war hero
Apr. 5, 1839 – Feb. 23, 1915

Robert Smalls Sails to Freedom by Susan Taylor Brown, illustrated by Felicia Marshall (Millbrook Press, 2006).

A fictionalized account based on the true story of how Robert Smalls freed himself, his family, and crew from slavery by steering a supply ship out of Charleston and into Union waters. He was awarded prize money from the U.S. government and became a civil war hero.