During the approach of the Star of the West, and the firing upon her from Morris Island
, Maj. Anderson
ordered the ports fronting Fort Moultrie
and Morris Island
to be opened, and the guns were unlimbered.
As the firing continued, one of the lieutenants who commanded a heavy gun, entreated Maj. Anderson
to let him “give 'em just one shot.”
“Be patient,” was the only reply from the commander, who remained in the lookout, with glass in hand, intently watching the approaching steamer.
How long Maj. Anderson
had determined in his own mind to “be patient,” he alone can tell; but just at what appeared the critical juncture, when every instant the order to “fire” was expected, the Star of the West was observed to suddenly port her helm, and swinging with her head seaward, doubled upon her track and proceeded out over the bar. [Account of a laborer then in the fort.]--N. Y. Times, Jan