the mayor's residence from Camp Moore with a plan for making a combined night attack upon the fleet.
's plan contemplated, as the attacking machine, a flotilla of ferryboats.
Ammunition of the fleet was supposed to have been exhausted through the fierce broadsides of April 24th.
was eager to try this plan; but discussion on the details was postponed until next day. Early next morning word came from Captain Farragut
notifying the mayor that the forts had surrendered, adding that he was about to raise the United States
flag on the mint and custom house.
He was for making the lowering of the State
flag over the city hall the work of those who had hoisted it Before Baker
had left the Hartford
, however, he had prevailed upon Farragut
to yield that point.
In his proclamation, requesting all citizens to retire to their houses during these acts of authority which it would be folly to resist, Mayor Monroe
threw a passing triumph in his assurance that the flag was not to be removed by ‘their authorities, but by those who had the power and the will to exercise it.’
The people had gathered, a compact mass, about the city hall.
They were silent, but looked angry and threatening.
Suddenly a body of men appeared, marching through the Camp
street gate, drawing two howitzers after them.
It was a strictly naval demonstration, comprising officers, marines, and sailors.
The marines lined the St. Charles
street side of the banquette opposite the hall.
Standing in the street in front of those shining bayonets, the crowd, always silent and angry, waited for what was to come.
Upon Captain Bell
's chief-of-staff, fell the burden of hoisting the flag.
To his notification the mayor, strongly moved, replied, ‘very well, sir, you can do it; but I wish to say that there is not one in my entire constituency so wretchedly renegade as would be willing to exchange places with you.’
Upon receiving, well or ill, these words of the mayor, Captain Bell