CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD)-The Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane is scheduled to fire a commemorative shot Thursday afternoon to honor the 158th anniversary of its namesake’s action near Fort Sumter.
The cutter Harriet Lane made history when it shot the first shots of the Civil War on April 11, 1861.
Cutter Lane fired across the bow of the merchant steamship Nashville. Nashville was attempting to enter Charleston Harbor without displaying a flag indicating its nationality. Congress merged the Revenue Cutter Service with the United States Lifesaving Service in 1915 to form today’s United States Coast Guard.
The event is open to the public. It’s happening at the Coast Guard station on Tradd Street at 1:00 pm.