Draft Riots 1863

Before the terrible Draft Riots of 1863, there had already been a strong group (known as 'Copperheads') within the New York Democratic Party who argued for a negotiated settlement to the Civil War. The new conscription provisions of 1863 provoked furious protest from working men in the city, especially because the rich could, and did, buy their way out of conscription. In 'The Draft' chapter of New York, Edward Rutherfurd draws a vivid picture of the riots, the part taken by the fire companies, and the way that the protest tragically, and insanely, turned into a horrifying race riot.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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