rage strove for the mastery.
As our squadron neared the levee, our sailors gave a cheer, to which some few in the adjacent crowd responded, provoking thereby pistol-shots from the irate Rebels surrounding them.
After a brief delay, Capt. Bailey
was sent ashore to demand the surrender of the city; when the valorous mob received him with groans, hootings, and threats of violence, which did not prevent his proceeding, under the escort of more considerate citizens, to the Mayor
's office; the mob that followed him contenting itself with assaults on such citizens as were suspected of Unionismn.
On reaching the City Hall, he made his demand, requiring that the Federal
flag be displayed from the public edifices; to which the Mayor
responded, disclaiming any authority to comply A messenger was thereupon sent to Gen. Lovell
, who informed Capt. Bailey
that he had already evacuated the city, which he now formally turned over to the municipal authorities, leaving them to act as they should see fit. Capt. Bailey
now returned to the fleet to await such action; and the Mayor
, refusing to haul down the State
flag from the City Hall, sent to the Common Council, which was in session, a message recommending that an answer be returned to Capt. Farragut
, stating that the city, being incapable of offering further resistance, yielded to physical force alone, without giving up its allegiance to the Confederate Government, while it had no authority over the Custom-House
, Post-Office, and Mint, and would do nothing with regard to them.
This undignified and ridiculous betrayal of spite and chagrin was reiterated by the Mayor
in a letter1
to Capt. Farragut
, which was tersely and fitly