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Happy Star of the West Day

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On Jan. 9, 1861, cadets of The Citadel manning an artillery battery on Morris Island fired the first shots of the Civil War, repulsing the federal steamship Star of the West, which was carrying supplies and two hundred federal troops dispatched by President Buchanan to reinforce Union Forces garrisoned at Fort Sumter.

 

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Star of the West is one of nine battle streamers carried on the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Regimental Colors to this day.  

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