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cated and concerned in the revolt on the night of April 27th, with the exception of the company of St. Mary's Cannoneers, composed mostly of planters.
Under these circumstances but one course was open to the officers.
To fight .the enemy with mutineers was equivalent to continuing to float the flag after spiking the guns.
With the first appearance of dawn on April 28th, a flag of truce went down to the enemy, bearing a written offer of surrender under the terms previously offered on the 27th.
In reply, the Harriet Lane and three other gunboats came opposite the forts, with white flags at the fore.
In the forts, white flags were displayed from the yards of the flag-masts, while the Confederate flag floated at the mast-head.
Negotiations were proceeding amicably on the Harriet Lane, when on the Mississippi—of late so rich in stately spectacles—appeared a portent as awful as it was mysterious, floating by to interrupt the proceedings on board.
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