Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 7, 1863: Negotiations for the surrender of Port Hudson begin

Major General Franklin Gardner, C.S. Army.

As the news of the fall of Vicksburg spread, the morale of the Confederate garrison of Port Hudson collapsed. It was time to surrender.
Port Hudson, La., July 7, 1863.

Major General N. P. BANKS,

Commanding U. S. Forces, near Port Hudson, La.:

GENERAL: Having received information from your troops that Vicksburg has been surrendered, I make this communication to ask you to give me the official assurance whether this is true or not; and, if true, I ask for a cessation of hostilities, with a view to consider terms for surrendering this position.

I remain, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Major-General, Commanding C. S. Forces.

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