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Robert Smalls
On May 12th of 1862 Robert Smalls and seven fellow black slaves stole a Confederate military ship, sailed it out of Charleston Harbor, handed it over to the Union Navy, and gained their freedom from slavery. On this page we list interesting kid-friendly facts about this daring escape which was one of the main factors that convinced President Lincoln to permit black men to join the Union Army. Although Small's was never officially a Black civil war soldier he is included in this section due to his service to his country. The kid-friendly information on this page includes how he pulled off this amazing escape, why his escape was so important to the Union, and where he learned how to sail.

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