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d 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 soldiers concealed below and was in the guise of a merchant vessel. The deception was fruitless: her errand was already known. Alexander Jones, a telegraphic correspondent of the Southern newspapers, had informed the Charleston Mercury of the sailing of the vessel from New York, and Secretary Thompson, in possession of the secret, imparted it to the authorities at Charleston. As I was writing my resignation, he afterwards wrote, I sent a despatch to Judge The Star of the West. Longstreet that the Star of the West was coming with reinforcements. He also gave a messenger another despatch to be sent, in which he said, as if