The Cadets of the Citadel were ordered to Morris
Island on January 1, 1861 to construct and man a site on Morris
Island in Charleston Harbor to command the channel to prevent
reinforcement of Fort Sumter. On January 9, 1861, the Cadets fired
on a Federal steamer, the Star of the West, as it approached Fort
Sumter with 200 infantry troops. The Star of the West retraced
its route and proceeded out of the harbor and back to New York.