the fort for several hours — the wooden vessels at long range — with but little damage on either side.
Soon after, a flag of truce was reported from the fleet, bringing me a communication to this effect:
Brigadier-General R. L. Page, Commanding Fort Morgan.
Sir: To prevent the unnecessary sacrifice of human life which must follow the opening of our battteries, we demand the unconditional surrender of Fort Morgan and its dependencies. We are, respectfully, your obedient servants, D. G. Farragut, Rear-Admiral. Gordon Granger, Major-General.
To which I sent the following reply:
Sirs: I am prepared to sacrifice life, and will only surrender when I have no means of defense.
I do not understand that while being communicated with under the flag of truce, the Tennessee should be towed within range of my guns.
Acknowledged to have been done by mistake; the vessel was towed back immediately.--R. L. P.
Respectfully, etc., R. L. Page, Brigadier-General.