09 January 2014

Pulled The Lanyard On Gun Number One....

...thus firing the first shot at the Star of the West.

Jim's Photo Taken At The Citadel

Cadet George E. Haynsworth of The Citadel.


The story of the Star of the West from Tulane University:

The Star of the West was a side-wheel merchant steamer, which ordinarily made runs between New York and New Orleans. Initially, the formidable sloop of war, Brooklyn, was to carry the troops and supplies to reinforce Fort Sumter. But the Buchanan administration determined against sending a warship as too provocative, too public, and possibly too heavy to make its way into Charleston Harbor. Instead, they chartered the Star of the West for $1250 a day, and, to maintain secrecy, cleared the vessel as usual for New Orleans.

The mission proved a military fiasco. ...Furthermore, the attempt to maintain secrecy failed. Newspapers published stories that the ship was headed for Charleston, and Carolina officials received confirmation from... Buchanan's secretary of the interior, Jacob Thompson of Mississippi.

At the same time, the official notification of the mission to Anderson at Sumter was trusted to the regular mails and had not arrived when, in the early morning of January 9, 1861, Carolina's batteries opened on the Star of the West. The unarmed ship was caught in a cross-fire. Receiving no assistance from Fort Sumter, it turned back to New York after suffering minor damage.

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