It looked like the grimmest irony or a hostile fate that the only casualties from the Louisiana
's formidable battery—working at will on the third day after the passage of the forts—should have comprised one of our own men killed in the fort, and three or four wounded. Among the latter was Captain McIntosh
, C. S. navy, who, having been severely wounded on the night of the enemy's passage, was then trying to get well in a tent.
The terms of capitulation were most honorable to the defenders of the forts.
In addition to the written articles, Commander Porter
verbally agreed not to haul down the Confederate
flag or hoist the stars and stripes until the officers should get away from the forts.
These terms of consideration were due to the brave officers who, standing true amid treason, had kept their faith unstained until the end. These officers, with the St. Mary
's Cannoneers, the only loyal Confederates remaining on the ramparts of the two forts, left for the city about 4 p. m. on the 28th, on the United States
were among the passengers.
On the morning of April 25th Farragut
was near Chalmette
Having exchanged compliments with M. L. Smith
's guns at the interior line at 1 a. m., his fleet, the Hartford
leading, passed the last objecting batteries.
The fleet would soon be in front of the city, which was only waiting to see it turn Algiers Point
Inside the city the Confederate
troops were busy evacuating—everywhere smothered excitement, galloping horses, drays loading, torches ready.
On the levee were people fixing their eyes down the river.
No sooner was the Hartford
seen coming up than a pale, thin, hesitant flame was seen wriggling on shore, which showed that the work of the torch had begun.
The levee, stretching up and down for five miles, at once offered up to the sky lurid columns of smoke.
The dimmed sun withdrew now and then from sight, although noon had clanged from the belfry of the cathedral.
New Orleans, writhing under the presence of