Spreading Good News (Post 688 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Robert Smalls, First African American U.S. Navy Commissioned Officer)

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

“Black History Month,” (February) is over, but I will continue Spreading Good News about Black History on what I will call “Black History Tuesday.”

I hope you enjoy this piece!

 

BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY:  Robert Smalls, First African American U.S. Navy Commissioned Officer

Source:  The Internet

Robert Smalls was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, on April 5, 1839 and worked as a house slave until the age of 12.  At that point, his owner, John K. McKee, sent him to Charleston to work as a waiter, ship rigger, and sailor, with all earnings going to McKee. This arrangement continued until Smalls was 18, when he negotiated to keep all but $15 of his monthly pay, a deal which allowed Smalls to begin saving money.  The savings that he accumulated were later used to purchase his wife and daughter from their owner for a sum of $800.  Their son was born a few years later.

In 1861 Smalls was hired as a deckhand on the Confederate transport steamer Planter, captained by General Roswell Ripley, the commander of the Second Military District of South Carolina.  The Planter was assigned the job of delivering armaments to the Confederate forts.  On May 13, 1862, the crew of the Planter went ashore for the evening, leaving Smalls to guard the ship and its contents.  Smalls loaded the ship with his wife, children and 12 other slaves from the city and sailed it to the area of the harbor where Union ships had formed their blockade.  This trip led the ship past five forts, all of which required the correct whistle signal to indicate they were a Confederate ship.  Smalls eventually presented the Planter before Onward, a Union blockade ship and raised the white flag of surrender.  He later turned over all charts, a Confederate naval code book, and armaments, as well as the Planter itself, to the Union Navy.

Smalls’ feat is partly credited with persuading a reluctant President Abraham Lincoln to now consider allowing African Americans into the Union Army.  Smalls went on a speaking tour to describe the episode and to recruit black soldiers for the war effort.  By late 1863, he returned to the war zone to pilot a Union ship.

After the Civil War, Smalls entered politics as a Republican. He was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and later to the South Carolina Senate.  He was elected to the United States House of Representatives, first from South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, and later from South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District.  Smalls served in Congress between 1868 and 1889.

When his last term ended Smalls moved back to Beaufort, South Carolina, to become the United States Collector of Customs.  He also purchased and resided in the house in which he had once been a slave.  Robert Smalls died in Beaufort on February 22, 1915 and is buried there with his family.

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~ Joyce Fields

 

ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS FROM JOYCE FIELDS

Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

BE INSPIRED!  You can read about and order their books AND order merchandise from their online store at this link (or click the “BE INSPIRED!” button above):

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Thanks for your interest AND support!!

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SOME OF JOYCE’S FAVORITE BLOGS

I visit these blogs and leave comments regularly.  I think you will enjoy them all!

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman.

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

http://www.davidkanigan.com/  Lead.Learn.Live.  David Kanigan:  Inspiration, Ideas & Information.

http://callingoftheheart.wordpress.com  Spirituality, Psychology, and Political.

http://www.petedenton.wordpress.com  Writer of short stories, Flash fiction, and some scripts.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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