As we saw earlier, the Confederate troops defending Vicksburg sank the gunboat Cincinnati. Here Pemberton passes his thanks to the troops for this feat.
GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding desires to tender his thanks to Captain [J. W.] Barclay, Lieutenant Wilkerson, and the men under their command, for the successful accomplishment of their MISSION in burning the gunboat Cincinnati last night; as a tribute to their gallantry, he has great pleasure in presenting them with the flag captured on the occasion.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. H. McCARDLE,