ry missed a communication of those exchanged between General Grant and Admiral Porter.
By this means the first intelligence of Banks' attack upon and repulse from the works of Port Hudson was received and communicated to headquarters.
A more noticeable feat remained to be achieved by the gallant Louisianian.
After Pemberton's last proposition was submitted to Grant, there elapsed an interval during which its fate was uncertain.
The bombardment was still suspended.
This was the night of July 3d, and an ominous and awful quiet reigned over all the scene-less welcome, no doubt, to the hearts of many than the utmost fury of the bombardment.
Suddenly the lamps flashed, and then began swinging, and their message was traced letter by letter and word by word — not only by the eyes for which it was designed, but by others, if possible, more keen and eager.
It said, in effect, to Admiral Porter (being sent by the general in command), that a council of the generals was, in the main, oppos