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U.S. Navy gunboats demand the surrender of Natchez, Mississippi

Natchez, Mississippi, 1861, artist's impression
05/12/1862
Steady Union gains up and down the Mississippi brought U.S. Navy gunboats to Natchez.  Commander James Palmer of the U.S.S. Iroquois, demanded surrender on the terms offered to New Orleans.  With Confederate forces gone, Mayor John Hunter replied the next day that the city would not resist conquest but could not guarantee Palmer's demand that the Stars and Stripes would "wave unmolested and respected" over Natchez. (By John Osborne). 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1863), V: 423-424. 

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