Charleston in Berkeley County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Star of the West
In the early dawn of January 9, 1861, the first shot of the War Between the States was fired from Morris Island by Citadel cadets under the command of Major Peter Fayssoux Stevens. The cadets opened fire with 24 pound siege guns on a Federal ship, The Star of the West. The ship was driven off and prevented from relieving Union forces on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, and the defense of the South became real.
This monument is erected by the Class of 1961 and by friends and loyal alumni of the Citadel to commemorate this great event in American history and to pay tribute to the courage and leadership of all men of this great institution who have fought and died with honor in defense of their ideals.
Best Drilled Cadets
Star of the West
1886 J. T. Coleman 1887 W. C. Davis 1888 J. R. Rutledge 1889 P. K. McCully 1890 W. Z. McGhee 1891 A. G. Ethridge 1892 J. R. Verdier 1893 R. I. Leghre 1894 Abram Levy 1895 J. D. Dial 1896 A. Idsey 1897 F. B. Dalley 1898 D. C. Pate 1899 L. B. Steele 1900 &nbap; A. H. Cross 1901 T. C. Marshall 1902 A. E. Hutchinson 1903 J. F. OMara 1904 E. C. Register 1905 W. W. Dick 1906 W. W. Benson 1907 A. T. Carcaraa 1908 E. D. Smith 1909 B. W. Gaston 1910 F. Y. Legare 1911
Erected 1961 by Citadel Class of 1961.
Location. 32° 47.792′ N, 79° 57.59′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Berkeley County. Marker is on Lee Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Citadel, at the south end of Summerall Field. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29409, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. AH – 1 “Cobra” (within shouting distance of this marker); “Thunderbolt” (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Citadel Flag (about 800 feet away); Anchor of the U.S.S. Coral Sea (about 800 feet away); McDonnell F-4C Phantom II (approx. 0.2 miles away); H.M.S. Seraph The Citadel Bulldog (approx. 0.2 miles away); Burke High School (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
More about this marker. Monument consists of a granite block with a bronze plaque depicting the Citadel cadets firing on the Union ship. Inscribed on the monument are the names of Citadel cadets who have won the Star of the West Medal for individual drill competition.
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