Civil War firing on Star of the West remembered, reenacted in Charleston

Image by Library of Congress Firing on the Star of the West.

On January 9, 1861, the first shots before the Civil War were fired not on Fort Sumter but from a team of cadets from The Citadel stationed at a Morris Island battery. Their mission was to turn away the ship the Star of the West that was aiming to resupply Fort Sumter.

This weekend that moment was remembered 150 years on and recreated by a team of today's Citadel cadets.

The Charleston City Paper was there and has put together a quite nice video; watch it here.

Meanwhile in The New York Times' Disunion series they've republished has recreated the report of the firing in a contemporary style; read that here.

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