Robert Smalls

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Robert Smalls was born a slave on April 5, 1839, in Beaufort. During the Civil War, he hijacked a Confederate steamship, disguised himself as a white captain, and sailed to Union safety. He later became a captain in the US Navy and a representative in the US Congress.

Emily Geiger

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Emily Geiger risked her life by serving as a messenger for the Colonial Army during the Revolutionary War.