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Sun Jun 28, 2015, 11:43 PM

53. *The four days of the 1863 New York City Draft Riots, the largest civil insurrection

in US history took place July 12-16, 1863 at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. Mobs of angry poor working class laborers and immigrants including Irish Catholics attacked and burned wealthy businesses, homes and targeted black people, 10 of whom were killed, two by lynching after being brutally beaten.
The mobs sacked and burned a Colored Orphanage Asylum with more than 250 children who had been evacuated by staff fortunately. Historians estimate that at least 115 people were killed during the 4 day riots and looting.

The call to conscript/draft soldiers for the military angered and caused resentment among the working class poor who would have to join the US Army to fight for the Union in the Civil War, unlike wealthy men who could pay substitutes to serve for them, and black men who were ineligible for the draft because they were not legally American citizens.
With Lincoln's Emancipation, soon after this horrific event black men were permitted to join the US military in federal US Colored Troops Regiments and they fought bravely for the North in combat in South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia and other Union engagements.

~ History, Four Days of Fire, the New York City Draft Riots, July, 1863 ~

http://www.history.com/news/four-days-of-fire-the-new-york-city-draft-riots



See: "Gangs of New York" (2002) movie by Martin Scorsese with Leonardo Di Caprio, Daniel Day Lewis, fictional historical drama set in NYC in 1863 during the Civil War, and "Glory" (1989) movie based on the true story of the Civil War Union 54th Massachusetts black regiment with Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman.

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