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The Daily Dispatch: August 5, 1863., [Electronic resource], Recollections of the surrender of Vicksburg. (search)
Three hundred copies of these were placed in a shell, with the hope that out of this number perhaps one might be saved and picked up, but none ever arrived safely in town, and after the surrender an officer of Porter's fleet handed me this copy and told me the story: To our friends in Vicksburg! June 28th, 1863 --Cave in, boys, and save your lives, which are considered of no value by your officers. There is no hope for relief for you. Sherman with sixty thousand men is chasing Joe Johnston. Grant with ninety thousand men envirous Vicksburg. You can't escape in these boats, that game is blocked on you. The twelve thousand men under McCulinch, on whom you depend to help you out, are retreating back to Harrisburg, well whipped; even Col. H., who hopes to escape in his fast six () oared whale boat, can't come it — Not one soldier of you will be heard of, as connected with the siege of Vicksburg, while your officers will all be spoken of as heroes. Your present form of Govern