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and decided in the cabinet. It was soon evident that there were members of the cabinet who could not be trusted. Dangers were thickening; and the President, listening to the counsels of Holt and Scott, resolved to send supplies and men to Sumter, by stealth. The stanch merchant steam-vessel Star of the West was chartered by the government for the purpose and quickly laden with supplies. She was cleared for Savannah and New Orleans, so as to mislead spies, and left New York at sunset, Jan. 5, 1861. Far down the bay she received, under cover of thick darkness, four officers and 250 artillerists and marines, with their arms and ammunition, and proceeded to sea, under her commander, Capt. John McGowan. On the morning of Jan. 9 she reached Charleston Bar, before daylight. Finding all the shore-lights put out, she extinguished her own. Just at dawn a scouting steamboat discovered her, burned colored lights as signals, and ran for the inner harbor. the Star of the West had all her
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
e troops at Charleston......Dec. 30, 1860 Edward D. Baker, of Oregon, answers the plea of Judah P. Benjamin, of Louisiana, in the Senate for the right of secession......Jan. 2, 1861 Fort Pulaski, at the mouth of the Savannah River, Ga., seized by Georgia State troops......Jan. 3, 1861 United States arsenal seized at Mount Vernon, Ala., by the Alabama State troops......Jan. 4, 1861 Forts Morgan and Gaines, at the entrance of Mobile Bay, seized by the Alabama State troops......Jan. 5, 1861 Fernando Wood, mayor of New York, recommends secession to the common council......Jan. 6, 1861 United States arsenal at Apalachicola, Fla., seized by the Florida State troops......Jan. 6, 1861 Fort Marion and Fort St. Augustine, Fla., seized by Florida State troops......Jan. 7, 1861 Robert Toombs, Senator from Georgia, delivers his last speech in the Senate......Jan. 7, 1861 Star of the West, sent by the United States government to reinforce Fort Sumter with 200 men under L