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The Amazing Story of a Slave Who Commandeered a Confederate Military Ship to Escape to Freedom

Through animation, Cracked tells the the amazing story of Robert Smalls. Smalls was a slave who worked on the CSS Planter, a Confederate military ship who May 12, 1862, donned a captain’s uniform and surreptitiously commandeered the ship after all the soldiers had gone into town. As he set on his course, Smalls gathered his […]
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