Nor did it consider that the city had not then surrendered; that the authority of the United States
had not been acknowledged by the citizens; and that, technically, no crime had been committed against the power which, in a city in rebellion, had as yet no official existence.
's fleet was abreast the city.
It was fully capable of enforcing, at a moment's notice, its surrender.
That the city was still Confederate, even with the Union fleet in sight, and that it remained as such from April 27th (inclusive) to April 29th, are made as clear as the fact that the surrender had not absolutely been accomplished.
was still a citizen of a Confederate city, in which Confederates, having evacuated the city with their army, had not yet abdicated their civil authority.
On April 28th Mayor Monroe
had no intimation that ‘it was by your (Farragut
's) orders, that the United States
flag was attempted to be hoisted upon certain of our public edifices.’
On April 29th, two days after Mumford
's act, Flag-officer Farragut
addressed the following communication to Mayor Monroe
It was delivered to the mayor by two naval officers from the fleet:
A flag is the symbol of authority.
In the final demand of surrender of all authority on the part of the authorities