Original Letter from Fort Sumter, June 22nd, 1861 – Remember the Ship that Slave Robert Smalls “Commandeered” on his Flight to Freedom?  It was The Planter… and it’s Mentioned in this Letter!

This letter is an ALS of Confederate General R. S. Ripley and he is sending The Planter from Fort Sumter to Castle Pinckney.  The Planter was the dispatch boat of General Ripley’s.  The letter is written to Col. Manigault, who was in charge of Ordnance in Charleston, and states, “I will endeavor to have The Planter at Castle Pinckney this afternoon at 2 o’clock to take on board the articles you require.”  It is signed “Very Respectfully, Your Obedient Servant, R. S. Ripley, Lt. Col. Comdg.” 

One year after this was written, Robert Smalls, along with several other slaves, stole The Planter and made a run for the Federal troops.  They succeeded and Smalls became quite the celebrity, with Congress awarding Smalls and his crew prize money.  After the war he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  

Condition is fine with some ink blotting and left margin slightly reduced, not effecting any writing.  Anything written from Confederate controlled Fort Sumter is of course very desirable and the mention of this famous ship makes it even more so. 

#L6-22-61 – Price $595