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, it has been decided to accept the terms of surrender of these forts, under the conditions offered by you in your letter of the 26th inst., viz., that the officers and men shall be paroled — officers retiring with their side-arms.
We have no control over the vessels afloat.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Edward Higgins, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding.
Admiral Porter says in a recent note [November, 1887] that he never received this letter.
In his official report, dated April 30th, 1862, he says:
On the 28th a flag of truce came on board the Harriet Lane proposing to surrender Jackson and St. Philip on the terms offered.
Editors. General Duncan told me that he had no authority whatever over the naval vessels, and that, in fact, Commander Mitchell, of the regular naval forces, had set the military authorities at defiance.
So I waived the point, being determined in my own mind what I would do when the forts were in our possession.
We were all sitting at the ta