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Federal resupply ship for Fort Sumter fired on outside Charleston Harbor and forced to retreat

Star of the West, fired upon off Charleston Harbor, January 9, 1861, artist's impression, zoomable image
01/09/1861
In the early morning hours, the chartered steamship Star of the West, with supplies and 250 artillerymen and marines to reinforce Fort Sumter, arrived outside Charleston Harbor, doused her lights, and waited for dawn.  As she made for the harbor, she came under fire from South Carolina forces on Morris Island. When two steam vessels approached from Fort Moultrie, she was forced to retreat and arrived back in New York on January 12, 1860. (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), 155-156. 
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