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This week in Civil War history

September 2, 2013
By LARRY HARDMAN - Special to the Tribune Chronicle , Tribune Chronicle |

From July 13 to 16, 1863, there was a tremendous backlash to the new 'draft' laws issued by Congress and President Lincoln. The riots became the largest civilian insurrection regarding the war during its entire duration. The commutation fee of $300 was regarded by the predominantly working-class Irish as insurmountable. It obviously favored the rich who could hire a replacement and force the lower class into uniform. The riots were initially to express displeasure over the new laws but quickly turned into a race riot with the white men seeking out all blacks and eventually killing an estimated 100. Many public buildings were burned or damaged by the rioters including two Protestant churches. The mayor of New York City and the governor immediately requested federal troops to quell the riots, and the president immediately ordered troops to the city.



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