The New York City Draft Riots

“Battle in Second Avenue and Twenty-Second Street,” from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, August 1, 1863.

On July, 11, 1863, the first draft lottery of the Civil War was held in New York City. Two days later, riots erupted in the city. A group of 80 Old Guard soldiers went to help restore peace, immediately after Gettysburg. The rest of the Regiment arrived in August, along with other units. The Old Guard was part of a show of force that stayed until September, to ensure peace was maintained when the draft resumed in August. The Old Guard camped in Washington Park, until their departure on September 14.

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