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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 23. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.15 (search)
rragut for the immediate surrender of the city, and that we should pull down our State flag from the City Hall, whereon we should hoist an American flag, as well as hoist one on the mint, the custom-house, etc. Our mayor, Hon. John T. Monroe, sent the Commodore an answer, stating in substance that he deemed, and the city deemed, that he could not, being a civil officer, perform the military act of surrendering the city. Therefore he refused to surrender, adding that since our military under Lovell had all left the city, he had no army at the head of which he could put himself to resist them. Hence, if they wished that the American flag should float over our city, they must place it in position themselves, and that the miscreant citizen of New Orleans did not live who would dare to raise such a flag. So much for that interview. It is stated by the knowing ones that the French, English, and all the consuls have entered a solemn protest against the shelling of this city by the Yanke