Andy Hall, over at Dead Confederates has made a series of interesting posts related to Robert Smalls and the escape of the CSS Planter since his first post about this topic on May 13. They are all well worth reading. The subsequent posts include:
“The Black Confederate Who Stole The Steamboat Planter.” (May 16, 2012) Which discusses Robert Smalls’ associate William Morrison, who also escaped aboard the Planter.
“Suck to Be You, Lieutenant.” (May 17, 2012) Features the letter of Confederate Bvt. Lt. F. G. Ravenel, who had the unenviable task of writing the official Confederate report on the Planter‘s escape.
“‘. . . to be divided between Robert Smalls and his associates.’” (May 18, 2012) Discusses the efforts to award Smalls and crew members of the Planter that escaped with him naval prize money.