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    Star of the West.  The Star was a civilian steamer sent to resupply Fort Sumter in early 1861.  It came under fire from Citadel cadets as it came into Charleston Harbor on the evening of January 9.  The Star's captain deemed the mission too dangerous and fled the harbor.  Although the incident has been overlooked in favor of the more sustained battle at Fort Sumter in April, some contend that these were the first shots of the Civil War.

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    Star of the West.  The Star was a civilian steamer sent to resupply Fort Sumter in early 1861.  It came under fire from Citadel cadets as it came into Charleston Harbor on the evening of January 9.  The Star's captain deemed the mission too dangerous and fled the harbor.  Although the incident has been overlooked in favor of the more sustained battle at Fort Sumter in April, some contend that these were the first shots of the Civil War.

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