The troops, two hundred in number, are in excellent health and spirits.
Statement of Capt. McGowan.
The following is an official account of the trip:
Steam ship Star of the West. New York, Jan. 12th, 1861. M. O. Roberts, Esq--Sir:
After leaving the wharf on the 5th inst., at 5 P. M., we proceeded down the bay, where we have to and took on board four officers and two hundred soldiers, with their arms, ammunition, &c, and then proceeded to sea, crossing the bar at Sandy Hook at 9 P. M.--Nothing unusual took place during the passage, which was a pleasant one for the season of the year.
We arrived off Charleston bar at 1.30 A. M. on the 9th inst. but could find no guiding marks for the bar, as the lights were all out. We proceeded with caution, running very slow and sounding until about 4 A. M., being then in 4½ fathoms of water, when we discovered a light through the haze which at that time covered the horizon.
Concluding that the lights were on Fort Sumt