Comment: Twarn''t sever like twas the July, 1863 military draft riots!

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Twarn''t sever like twas the July, 1863 military draft riots!

NY City Severed: How the Draft Riots Tore New Your City Apart, July, 1863. 3 minute dramatization.

July 1863. As the Civil War dragged into its third year, the Lincoln Administration was faced with a severe problem. Casualties were mounting, and it became clear that the government needed more troops. A draft was instituted. Congress passed a law implementing a draft in the spring of 1863. It was the first conscription act in the United States, and it was not popular... All men from 20 to 45 years of age to register.

Nowhere was the act more resented than in the poor neighborhoods of the nation's cities. In New York City, the Irish communities were increasingly resentful over the fact that many Irish had already enlisted, and had been wounded or killed in the war... Adding to the resentment was a provision in the conscription act where someone could pay $300 to avoid being drafted. That obviously favored the rich, who could afford the fee. Names were to be drawn [from a large metal drum rigged as a tumbler.. Filled with names of us poor folk to be sentenced to war.]

Rioting Mobs Burned Federal Offices During the New York Draft Riots

In this vintage engraving, the office of a Provost Marshal, an Army official who would implement the draft, has been set afire. Reaction to a newly instituted draft turned violent in the streets of New York City.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul