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At 4:30 a.m. April 12, 1861 tension filled the air in Charleston as soldiers manning two Confederate batteries of ten mortars were ordered to their posts. A young lieutenant stood, lanyard in hand, near the mortar he commanded. At word from the captain, the lieutenant jerked the lanyard and sent a shell screaming into the night sky.
The twenty-year-old lieutenant who participated in one of history‚Äôs pivotal moments was Henry Saxon Farley, younger brother of William Downs Farley. Sorely disappointed that he had not been in Charleston for the opening salvo, …