Smalls was born into slavery
Smalls hatched a daring escape planSource: National Archives
Union soldiers almost destroyed the PlanterSource: Stuff You Missed In History Class
Just as No. 3 port gun was being elevated, someone cried out, 'I see something that looks like a white flag'; and true enough there was something flying on the steamer that would have been white by application of soap and water. As she neared us, we looked in vain for the face of a white man. When they discovered that we would not fire on them, there was a rush of contrabands out on her deck, some dancing, some singing, whistling, jumping; and others stood looking towards Fort Sumter, and muttering all sorts of maledictions against it, and 'de heart of de Souf,' generally. As the steamer came near, and under the stern of the Onward, one of the Colored men stepped forward, and taking off his hat, shouted, 'Good morning, sir! I've brought you some of the old United States guns, sir!'
Following the escape, Smalls joined the Union ArmySource: Pinterest
Smalls went into business after the Civil WarSource: Pinterest
He went on to have a stunning political careerSource: Biography
My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be the equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life.