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The Daily Dispatch: August 5, 1863., [Electronic resource], Recollections of the surrender of Vicksburg. (search)
man's finger. This was filled with some kind of burning fluid, and the outside wrapt with several layers of paper. Upon the bursting of the shell this tube would drop to the ground and burn with an intense heat for some ten or fifteen minutes, igniting the grass or any other object with which it came in contact. Red hot shot were also fired, but they passed through houses, in such baste that they had no time to set anything on fire. When it had become known, on the morning of the 4th of July, that the place was surrendered, one of those humiliating and improvident scenes which have already brought disgrace upon the Confederacy took place, to wit: the sacking of the Quartermaster's stores Strange as it may seem, there was a large supply of soldiers' clothing stored away, and the army was told that there was none on hand.--Often, during the siege, did our ragged troops apply for clothes, but were invariably told that there was none on hand; and yet when the enemy came into town