Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The New York Draft Riots

The New York Draft RiotsThe New York Draft Riots (July 13 to July 16, 1863; known at the time as Draft Week. Title: The great riots of New York, 1712 to 1873,: including a full and complete account of the Four Days' Draft Riot of 1863/ by Author: Joel Tyler Headley, 1813-1897. Published: 1873 Original from: the University of Michigan. Digitized: Feb 17, 2006

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"Fire it! fire it!" While some were calling for axes and crowbars, ten powerful men jumped on the stoop, and with a few heavy blows sent the hall door flying from its hinges. The yelling crowd then rushed in, and after helping themselves to what they wanted, applied the torch, and soon the entire building was a mass of flame.

At this time another mob was sacking houses in Lexington Avenue. Elegant furniture and silver plate were borne away by the crowd, while the ladies, with their children and servants, fled in terror from the scene. The provost marshal's head-quarters were also set on fire, and the whole block on Broadway, between Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Streets, was burned down, while jewelry stores and shops of all kinds were plundered and their contents carried off. A vast horde followed the rioters for the sole purpose of plunder, and loaded down with their spoils, could be seen hastening home in every direction.

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