Sams was assistant professor at The Arsenal Academy from April 1862 - May 1865 and was an 1861 graduate of The Citadel. In this typescript, Sams describes The Citadel cadets firing on the Star of the West.
General Orders No. 50 from the War Department stating that Brevet Major-General Robert Anderson will raise the flag on Fort Sumter April 14, 1865. Rev. Henry Ward Beecher will deliver a public address at the ceremonies.
Special Orders No. 198 from the Adjutant and Inspector General's Office of South Carolina stating that Croft's company will assemble in Aiken. Signed by acting Adjutant and Inspector General Charles H. Simonton.