As the Planter sailed past Fort Sumter, Smalls sounded the Confederate whistle leaving the fort none-the-wiser to what was happening. As the Planter approached the Union blockade inside St. Helena Sound, Smalls and his crew dropped the Confederate flag and hoisted the American flag. He then surrendered the Planter to the Union Navy, an act that quickly made him a national hero. The Confederates offered a $4,000 reward for the capture of Smalls.
Smalls went on to fight for the Union and, after the passage of the 14th and 15th amendments, he was elected to the South Carolina state legislature from 1868 to 1874. Then in 1875 he was elected to Congress where he served 5 terms, and then was appointed customs collector for the Port of Beaufort by President Harrison.
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