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
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. Touch 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. Touch for directions.
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 McDonnell F-4C Phantom II (approx. 0.2 miles away); H.M.S. Seraph (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Citadel Bulldog (approx. 0.2 miles away); Burke High School (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.
1. Request for photo of the Star of the West Medal.
I'm a Citadel graduate, aware of the Star of the West, but I've never seen the actual medal awarded to recipients. I've heard, but suspect it's legend, a small piece of the ship (Star of the West) is attached to the medal. I searched the internet attempting to locate an image, without success. Posting a photograph of the medal would make your page complete. Thanks
— Submitted March 23, 2017, by Doug Powell of Fayetteville, Georgia.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 722 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.