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Chartered steamship sails from New York City bound for Charleston and the resupply of Fort Sumter

S.S. Star of the West, woodcut, 1860
01/05/1861
At dusk, the chartered steamship Star of the West, Captain John McGowan in command, sailed from New York cleared for New Orleans.  Her true destination was Charleston and the resupply of Fort Sumter. Soon after sailing, took aboard under cover of darkness 250 artillerymen and marines.  Four days later, as she entered Charleston Harbor, she was fired upon by South Carolina shore batteries and forced to retreat.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial History of the Civil War in the United States of America (Mansfield, OH: Estill & Co., 1866), 152. 

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