Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 pm
Museum of the Mississippi Delta
Mary Carol Miller, noted historian, author and immediate past president of the Mississippi Historical Society delves deeply into the history behind the Star of the West. Considered the first ship fired upon in the Civil War, the ship was not a warship but a merchant vessel originally owned by Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. While attempting to supply Federal forces at Ft. Sumter on January 9, 1861, cadets from the Citadel fired upon her in Charleston Harbor. She then was taken to the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston where she was captured by Confederate cavalry officers. The ship was brought upriver to Vicksburg, then to Yazoo City and finally to Greenwood where she was scuttled in the Tallahatchie River in 1863 during the Battle of Fort Pemberton.
The lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition War Comes to the Mississippi Delta, commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in the Delta. The exhibit is up through August 31, 2013. The exhibition tells the story of the Union forces’ attempt to navigate the intricate rivers of the Mississippi Delta during the winter of 1863. Known as the Yazoo Pass Expedition, the attempt ultimately ended in failure, as Confederate forces held strong at a hastily built outpost near Greenwood known as Fort Pemberton.
Admission is free and open to the public.