Canon G1 photo I took on a trip south in 2002, newly edited.
The U.S. Army commissioned the cargo transport USAV Maj.Gen. Robert Smalls at a ceremony in Baltimore in the fall of 2007. In 1862 Smalls was a slave aboard the Confederate troopship Planter when he commandeered the vessel and surrendered it to Union forces at Charleston Harbor. He went on to become the U.S. Navy’s first black captain in 1863. After the war, Smalls served five terms (1875-86) as a Republican congressman from South Carolina.