Grant should take possession.
Grant replied substantially that, if Pemberton's desire was to march the men out at 10 o'clock and stack arms and then march back to remain until paroled, he had no objection.
So it was settled, and Vicksburg was surrendered July 4, 1863.
This ended the memorable siege of Vicksburg.
The Confederate troops, though few in number, had successfully repelled the efforts to take the city from the front by the navy.
The effort to take it by descent through the Coldwater and Sunflower rivers and bayous failed.
The gallant defense made at Fort Pemberton and all along the line by Generals W. W. Loring, Stephen D. Lee, Ferguson and Wirt Adams, has been recited in these pages.
The attempt by General Sherman in his bold attack at Chickasaw Bayou, his fearful repulse and heavy loss—all demonstrated how hard it was, indeed, almost impossible, successfully to attack the city, even with superior numbers, from the river front.
When General Grant commenced the la