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Disturbances Which Were Called Riots In Earlier Times 1855

The Great New York Police Riot 1857 and The Five Points Riot of New York 1857
The Staten Island Riot: The Quarantine Conflagration September 2, 1858

The Staten Island Riot: The Quarantine War September 3, 1858

The Astor Place Riot 1859 and A Riot Among The Soldiers of the Third Regiment Irish Brigade 1861

Mob Excitement in Brooklyn 1861

The Draft Riot in New York City 1863 Part I: President Lincoln's Proclamations

The Draft Riot in New York City 1863 Part II: Bounties/Substitutes

The Draft Riot in New York City 1863 Part III: The New York Draft Riot

The Colored Orphan Asylum Riot 1863

The Orangemen Riot 1870-1871 and Near Riot at Tompkins Square 1877

Mob Attacks Meyer's Saloon 1893

Riot Preceded the Parade of Cloakmakers 1894

College Boys Cause A Riot and A Race Riot On The West Side of Manhattan 1900


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The Staten Island Riot: The Quarantine War September 3, 1858

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There was also a rumor afloat that 30 sick persons perished in the flames, but this can hardly be the case, although it is believed by many about there. Among the many rumors afloat is one that an attempt will be made tonight to burn the infected vessels lying off in the stream; as it was known yesterday that the remaining buildings would be burned, it is likely that the attempt will be made. It is the intention, as per report, to set fire to the rigging and save the hulls; but if the rigging is once on fire it will be a hard matter to save any thing.

Mr. Ray Tompkins, appears to be the most conspicuous anti-quarantine men in the neighborhood. He went to Castleton this morning for the purpose of inducing the Board of Health to make some provision for the sick. This morning word came to Dr. Bissell that the U.S. marines had possession of the Government buildings. He sent all his available men down to protest against it, but told them it would be no use to fight against so overpowering a force. He claims that the Government is obliged to give them proper notice before taking

One of the Yellow Fever patients, lying on the grass, told our reporter that his wounds had not been attended to for two days. One of his hands was sloughed nearly off. The populace appeared determined not to rest until the Quarantine is removed, and express their determination to burn everything that may hereafter be erected. No arrests have been made and no warrants have yet been issued.

List Of Buildings Burned Last Night

A block of one story brick cottages, six in number, situated at the southwest angle of the Quarantine enclosure, fronting on the main street. These were occupied by the Health Officer's boatmen. The furniture was removed from them during the afternoon and evening, before the work of destruction began. Dr. Waller's residence, a two story and attic cottage. Furniture removed. Dr. Bissell's house, a three story brick dwelling, furniture destroyed.

The Woman's Hospital, a large two story brick structure, fronting the bay, with two corridors extending the whole length, supported by round brick columns. Dr. Waller's private residence, near the above hospital. This was a snug, old fashioned cottage, with piazza in front, and embowered in trees. Furniture saved. Dr. Bissell's office, a one story wooden structure, with piazza, and having two rooms.

The U.S. Inspector's Office, but belonging to the Quarantine establishment. It was a small building of two stories, and one of the oldest wooden buildings on the ground. The wash house, a large square building on the extreme end of the second pier. The whole wharf on which it stood, together with the bath house, was destroyed. In the latter place there were seven very large turtles, which were, of course, roasted alive.

The Health Officers Office, a beautiful little wood on building fronting, and near the boat landing. Dr. Thompson's and Dr. Waller's private desks were allowed to burn with it, and all the furniture excepting a pine case containing papers. Some venerable documents piled on top of it were also taken out. The Warden's building, situated on the end of the pier, and having a lantern and illuminating tower for the benefit of the shipping. It was used as a look-out by the watchman, and various articles were stored in it. The whole wooden pier structure on which it stood, including the dock used by the Health officer and the U.S. Barge officers, as a landing, was burned. A privy only was left standing. The Doctor's boatmen had taken the precaution to anchor the boats out of the reach of the incendiaries, or they would also have been destroyed.

The gate-keeper's lodge, a story and a half building, of brick, having a veranda neatly enclosed with blinds. This was the last building to which the Vandals applied their torch. to protect the old barn and sheds which stood near it on the opposite side of the gateway, the whole front portion, which was of wood, was torn down. Pat Tompkins took an active part in demolishing this little edifice. He climbed up the outside by the aid of sundry hooks, and began the work of demolition with his own hands; wrenching the blinds from their fastenings, and pitching them upon the ground. John Nodine, a Harbor Policeman, assisted with an axe, and two or three others broke down the railings, and little columns. 

The wood work being removed, the torch was applied to the inside, and it was soon a mass of ruins. Tompkins then hailed the hook and ladder boys, who promptly passed him up the end of a hook, which, with his own hands, he placed upon the sign over the gateway, and gave the order to "down with it," but it being secured by iron fastenings in the ends of the stone gate-posts, the job was a difficult one; it finally gave way, however, the cap stone toppling over, and nearly precipitating the chief of the mob to the ground. More than one was heard to exclaim, "Damn him. I wish he had broken his neck!" or some similar friendly remark. While this was going on, Engine Company No. 4, Tom Brady, Foreman, played a powerful stream of water upon the aforesaid old barn, to keep it from burning.

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