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00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 612

On Monday, July 13, 1863 rioting broke out in New York City.  A new Federal draft law had just taken effect, and there was great resentment over its provisions for substitutions and the purchase of exemptions.  A mob of Irish and other foreign laborers stormed the draft headquarters and quickly began to loot many business establishments. 

Negroes became the primary victims of the mob; poor whites resented having their lives risked in war to do away with the institution of slavery. Only the return of Union troops from Gettysburg ended the rioting after three long days and nights. 

With an estimated one thousand killed or wounded and property losses estimated at $1,500,000, the New York Riot was one of the darkest episodes occurring in the North during the American Civil War.