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Ask and Answer for May 23

This week's question

What was the name of the Confederate ship Civil War hero, then-slave and Beaufort native Robert Smalls comandeered and delivered to Union forces in 1862?

From last week

Question: What noted planter, in his day nicknamed "Good Billy," built the Tidewater mansion in Beaufort around 1830?

Answer: Wealthy planter William Fripp had Tidewater built in 1830.

First to answer correctly: Tommy O'Brien

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