and our officers placed themselves in front of their men. General Gardner then said to General Andrews: “General, I will now formally surrender my command to you, and for that purpose will give the orders to ground arms.” The order was given and the arms were grounded. After that General Andrews sent for the enemy's general officers, staff and field-officers. The line-officers were left with their companies and guard, composed of the Twenty-second Louisiana and Seventy-fifth New-York, placed over them. These formalities over, the glorious old flag of the Union was unfolded to the breeze from one of the highest bluffs facing the river, by the men of the Richmond — a battery thundered forth its salute, which rolled majestically up and down the broad surface of the Mississippi — and Port Hudson was ours!
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