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Mutiny at Fort Jackson! Stonewall Expects too Much of his Foes

Stonewall Jackson

April 27, 1862 (Sunday) Way down south, at Forts Jackson and St. Philip, the Rebels had not yet surrendered to Captain David Porter, who commanded the fleet of mortar boats on the lower Mississippi River. Porter had demanded the surrender of the forts on April 24th, just after Farragut had steamed his fleet towards New Orleans. General Johnson Duncan declined the offer. Inside the forts, there was much confusion. All communication with New Orleans had been cut off, and so everyone was in the dark over whether the city had fallen (it had not, at least, not officially). The Federal guns were silent on the 25th and 26th, as the Rebels made repairs and modifications to their defenses. Around noon on this date, General Duncan saw a gunboat under a flag of truce steam towards the forts. It contained another demand for surrender (oddly dated the 26th). In it, Porter informed Duncan that New Orleans had fallen (a half-truth) and that the Confederate forces inside the forts were completely cut off. “No man could consider… Read More