Robert Small was an enslaved man living in Charleston who escaped with his
family and a number of other men, piloting the steamer Planter out
of Charleston harbor to join the Union forces. See Edward A. Johnson,
A School History
of the Negro Race in America, from 1619 to 1890, and Thomas Wentworth
excerpt from The Complete Civil War Journal and Selected Letters of Thomas
Wentworth Higginson, Monday, Nov. 24.
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