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 Posted: Fri Apr 12th, 2013 08:56 pm
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It's been argueed that Anderson's moving the garrison to Sumter in the first place was to be seen as belligerent and the sending of the Star of the West to reinforce and resupply the troops at Sumter was further belligerence. It should be noted that while Sumter is considered the opening shots of the war shots had already been fired prior to April 12, 1861. The Star of the West had been fired on January 9th by the cadets from the Citadel who were stationed at Morris Island. That same month militia forces from Alabama and Florida moved on Fort Pickens, which we discussed in the Waht if the South had Ignored Ft. Sumter thread.

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