The Incredible Escape of Robert Smalls

Illustrated portrait of U.S. House of Representatives Robert Smalls, circa 1850s. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).

Robert Smalls was born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina in 1839. He escaped from enslavement during the U.S. Civil War, in a particularly dramatic fashion.

Illustrated portrait of Robert Smalls, circa 1850s. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).