Attack on the Star of the West.
“About half-past 6 o'clock yesterday (Wednesday) morning, the steamer General Clinch
discovered the steamship Star of the West and signalled the fact of her approach to the occupants of the battery on Morris Island
As soon as the signals were seen by those on guard there, Morris Island
was astir with men at their posts before the orders could be given them to prepare for action.
They remained in anxious suspense, but ready for what they believed was sure to come, a volley from Fort Sumter
The Star of the West rounded the point, took the ship channel inside the bar, and proceeded straight forward until opposite Morris Island
, about three-quarters of a mile from the battery.
A ball was then fired athwart the bows of the steamer.
The Star of the West displayed the stars and stripes.
As soon as the flag was unfurled the fortification fired a succession of shots.
The vessel coutinued on her course with increased speed; but two shots taking effect upon her, she concluded to retire.
fired a few shots at her, but she was out of their range.
The damage done to the Star of the West is trifling, as only two out of seventeen shots took effect upon her. Fort Sumter
made no demonstration, except at the port-holes, where the guns were run out bearing on Morris Island
.” --Charleston Courier, Jan