batteries below this city.’
His object was, in the event of New Orleans falling into the hands of the Federals
, to prevent their passage up the river.
approved at once his proposed plans, and notified him to that effect.
He had previously written to Dr. E. K. Marshall
, a very influential citizen of Vicksburg
, asking him ‘to give Captain Harris
all the aid in his power, and to arouse his people to a sense of their duty to furnish the necessary labor in such measure that the work will go on with proper celerity.’
On the very day upon which Captain Harris
's answer was penned New Orleans surrendered to the Federal fleet under Admiral Farragut
, after a short and inglorious resistance on the part of Forts Jackson
and St. Philip
There had been no adequate assistance from the Confederate gunboats and rams ordered to cooperate with them; nor did the armed vessels known as the ‘Montgomery
fleet,’ with one or two exceptions, show any efficiency whatever.
Such a disaster, resulting from so weak a defence, took the whole country by surprise—the North
as well as the South
; and it is grievous to make even a passing mention of it. Want of foresight and discipline caused this irreparable calamity.
It affords us some consolation, however, to be able to state that the Hon. J. T. Monroe
, mayor of the unfortunate city, evinced more than ordinary firmness and patriotism in his refusal to comply with the demand made upon him, to strike the Confederate
flag floating over the city hall.
On the 28th the bombardment of Fort Pillow
was fairly begun.
No ‘mutineers’ were there, as there were in Fort Jackson
, to force a surrender upon the officers.
The whole command, men and officers, vied with each other in a determined and resolute resistance, and troops were even withdrawn from the fort to reinforce other points needing assistance, without a sign of despondency, still less of mutiny, among the men. Troops act differently in different forts.
Their conduct depends on the conduct of their officers.
As these prove themselves to be, so, invariably, are the men under them.
We were now in May, and no material change had been noticed at General Villepigue
The bombardment was continued day after day, and frequently throughout the nights, but with no visible result.
Now and then a man was killed, and one or two wounded. The commander's spirit, however, and the spirit of his