First to Fight: Citadel Cadets, The Star of the West, and Fort Sumter (hardcover) Andrew D. Kullberg
First to Fight: Citadel Cadets, The Star of the West, and Fort Sumter is a new book by Lt Col Andrew D. Kullberg . This book tells the story of the first shots of the Civil War. South Carolina was the first State to secede and was alone in secession on December 20, 1860. U.S. Army troops at Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter were asked to leave by South Carolina's Governor Pickens. Cadets from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, fired the first shots of the War of Secession on January 9, 1861. These heroic cadets fired at a union ship as it attempted to reinforce Fort Sumter with 200 U.S. Army combat troops, supplies, and ammunition. Within 3 weeks, six other States joined South Carolina in secession and formed the Confederate States of America. On February 9, 1861, exactly one month after Citadel Cadets fired the first shots, former U.S. Senator, Jefferson Davis from Mississippi was selected President of the Confederacy. This beautiful, hardcover, coffee table book tells the story of the first shots on the Star of the West in January and Fort Sumter three months later. The book includes many rare photographs and illustrations, a biography of every cadet and faculty member with their war records, an appendix, and an index. Each book is hand signed by the author.