Vicksburgspirit of the Mississippians.
--We sppend the brief and emphatic replies of the civil and military authorities of vicksburg to the insolent demand of the commander of the Federal fleet.
It will be seen that they don't know how to surrender a city, and refuse to be taught the process.
The first note is from Mayor Lindsey
, and essed to Phillip Lee
, commanding Advance Naval Division, U. S. N.
Your communication of this date; addressed to ‘"the authorities at Vicksburg
,"’ has been delivered to me. In reply, I will state to you that, so far as the municipal authorities are concerned, we have erected no defences, and none are within the corporate limits of the city.
But, sir, is further reply, I will state that neither the municipal authorities nor the citizens will ever consent to a surrender of the city.
The second note is from James L. Autry
, military governor
and commandant of the post.
As your communications of this date is addressed to the ‘"Authorities of Vicksburg
, "’ and that you may have a full reply to said communication, I have to state that Mississippians don't know, and refuse to learn, how to surrender to an enemy.
If Com Farragut
or Brig-Gen. Butler
can teach them, le them come and try. As to the defences of Vicksburg
, I respectfully refer you to the reply of Brig Gen Smith
, commanding forces at Vicksburg
, herewith enclosed.
Your communications of this date, addressed to the ‘"Authorities of Vicksburg
,"’ demanding the surrender of the city and its defences, has been received.
In regard to the surrender of the defences, I have to reply, that, having been ordered here to hold these defences, it is my intention, to do so as long as it is in my power.
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of yesterday evening, and in reply have to state that my communication of yesterday, in relation to the removal of the women and children, was for the purpose of placing it at my option to fire or not, as I might thing proper, at the earliest moment, upon the defences of the town, without producing a loss of innocent life; and to that determination I shall adhere.