Robert Smalls and the Escape of the Planter, Part 2

I was not surprised to see other bloggers noting the 150th anniversary of Robert Smalls’s escape from Charleston harbor aboard the Planter, as I did in my post yesterday. It is a feel good moment in a war with precious few.

I have never been of the opinion that my word is the last on any issue, so I thought I would share two particularly good pieces on this notable event in the American Civil War. They are:

1. “Robert Smalls’s Great Escape,” by Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle in Disunion in the New York Times.

2. “‘Disgusting negligence and treachery,” by Andy Hall in his fine blog, Dead Confederates.


About Donald R. Shaffer

Donald R. Shaffer is the author of _After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans_ (Kansas, 2004), which won the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship in 2005. More recently he published (with Elizabeth Regosin), _Voices of Emancipation: Understanding Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through the U.S. Pension Bureau Files_ (2008). Dr. Shaffer teaches online exclusively (i.e., a virtual professor). He lives in Arizona and can be contacted at
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2 Responses to Robert Smalls and the Escape of the Planter, Part 2

  1. Pingback: More on Robert Smalls from Donald Schaffer | Western Mass Civil War Sesquicentennial

  2. Thanks for the link. Andy Hall has put up a few pieces on The Planter.

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