ectfully demand, in advance of the approaching fleet, the surrender of Vicksburg and its defences to the lawful authorities of the United States, under which private property and personal right will be respected.
Very respectfully, yours, J. Phillips Lee, U. S. N., commanding Advance Naval Division. P. Williams, Brigadier-General.
The subjoined reply was returned:
headquarters Vicksburg, May 18, 1862.
Sir: Your communication of this date, addressed to the authorities of Vicksbuender of the defences, I have to reply that, having been ordered here to hold these defences, my intention is to do so as long as it is in my power.
Your obedient servant, M. L. Smith, Brigadier-General, commanding. J. Phillips Lee, U. S. N., commanding Advance Naval Division.
I here remark that the citizens of the town had, with great unanimity, made up their minds that its possession ought to be maintained at all hazards, even though total demolition should be th