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In Mississippi, the mayor and defenders of Vicksburg reject U.S. Navy demands for the city's surrender

Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1861, artist's impression
05/18/1862
Commander S. Phillips Lee, U.S.N. sent demands for Vicksburg's surrender to its civilian and military government.  Mayor Lazarus Linsey replied that "neither the municipal authorities nor the citizens will consent to surrender the city."  The local military commander was more direct, saying that Mississippians did not know how to surrender and if Union commanders can teach them "let them come and try."  Vicksburg did not fall till July 1863.  (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: 426.

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