States flag, and continued on her course.
Several other shots were promptly fired at her, when she put about, recrossed the bar and was soon out of sight.
It was said that Cadet Haynesworth
, of Sumter District, pulled the lanyard of the first gun fired.
No damage was done the troops on board, but we afterwards heard that two shots struck the vessel, doing very little injury.
The repulse of this vessel caused intense excitement among the soldiers and people.
sent a communication to Governor Pickens
, demanding an explanation, and threatening, if a satisfactory one was not made, to fire on every vessel from Charleston
in the service of the State
that came within reach of his guns.
The Governor sent him a spirited reply, in which he took all of the responsibility, and informed him that no vessel would be allowed to bring him reinforcements or supplies.
The battery which thus inaugurated the war was thereafter known as the ‘Star of the West Battery.’
One cold day, about the middle of January, orders were issued transferring the Wee Nees
to Morris Island
The march from the Moultrie House
was commenced in a pouring rain, and before reaching the boat at the Cove
the men were thoroughly soaked.
The greater part of the afternoon and all of the night was spent in crossing the harbor.
What caused the steamer to move so slowly was never made known to the officers commanding the troops on board.
The bay was rough, and the wind ahead and high, but all this is insufficient to account for the extraordinary delay.
All who remember that night on that miserable steamboat will say that very little of their war experience was more disagreeable.
We were received by the Irish Volunteers, of Charleston, commanded by Captain Edward McCrady, Jr.
, and breakfasted in handsome style.
Never was breakfast more heartily enjoyed, nor hospitality more gratefully appreciated than by these cold, wet, tired, and hungry Wee Nees.
We went into camp near the ‘Star of the West Battery.’
I had the use of the guns of that battery for the purposes of instruction, and rapidly taught the men the heavy artillery drill.
I was aided by Major P. F. Stevens
, then Superintendent
of the Citadel Academy
The company took to this new drill with great alacrity, and it was not long before they became as proficient in artillery as they were in infantry tactics.
was then commanded by Colonel J. Johnson Petigrew
, of the First Regiment of Rifles, South Carolina Militia.
The Wee Nees were much pleased with their new commanding officer.