ssance of his position and began crossing at two A. M., on the twenty-fourth.
At daylight, had Lane and Stone entirely surrounding the fort, while Phillips, Pyron, and the artillery were posted in front on the eastern bank.
Just as I had arranged to open from my batteries, I discovered a white flag flying from a large house near the crossing, and, on sending to inquire the reason, was surprised to learn that the fort had surrendered to General Mouton, whose advance was five miles off on Bayou Ramos — a scouting party, under General Green's intrepid scout, McAnally, being the only force of their command near, and to him the flags were delivered.
The colonel (Federal), however, on my asking to what force he had surrendered, said to mine, supposing it to be a portion of Mouton's, who had made a previous demand for surrender, and seeing McAnally had sent to him a white flag.
I mention this merely to show that, although the flags were delivered to others, the surrender was in fact to m