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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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Charles Anthon 1797-1867 born in NYC. He taught at Columbia College from 1820 to his death and was rector (1830-1864) of Colombia Grammar School.




Mob Excitement In Brooklyn- 1861

THE MOB SPIRIT WHICH HAS MANIFESTED ITSELF for some days in New York, has spread to this city, and last night made a demonstration on the newspaper offices.

For the present it has content itself with merely demanding the hoisting of the American flag, and this morning the stars and stripes wave over the Eagle office, where they have always floated when there was any patriotic occasion to be commemorated. Mobs are all but unknown in Brooklyn, and we had hoped that our city was indebted to New York for last nights demonstration, but we believe our city can claim all the credit or discredit of it.

So far as we can trace the origin of last nights assemblage it is as follows: Between eight and nine o'clock, three respectable looking citizens, one of them carrying a small American flag, made their appearance on Fulton avenue, followed by about twenty young men and boys. The party, as such parties always do, attracted followers at every step, and by the time they reached Hoyt street there was quite a large crowd. Here an unwary citizen hollered out, "three cheers for the South." This was received with groans and hisses, and cries of make him eat his words. Part of the crowd turned back, and as may be supposed, the said citizen was very soon convinced, by what in old times was believed to be the most convincing of arguments, that he was entirely in the wrong.

The ringleaders now gave the cue to their followers, and the word ran through the crowd, "Let us go to the Eagle office." The crowd then marched down Fulton street until they reached this office. The office had been closed for the night and except the engineer and his family, who reside in the building, there was nobody present. As soon as the crowd reached the office a couple of young men made a rush at the front door, and those inside of it thought it was their intention to force it open, it resisted the effort however. The crowd, which by this time numbered some hundreds, began to halloo out "Show your colors," "Up with the bunting," "Hang out your flag," "Let us see your colors." As soon as the engineer understood the object of the visit he hoisted the stars and stripes from the flag staff, from which they have always waved when there was any event to be signalized at the remembrance of which every patriotic heart beats quicker. The appearance of the flag was greeted with demonstrations of applause from the crowd assembled.

Mr. Folk, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, was on the ground and did his duty promptly and efficiently by placing himself at the door and protecting the office from the crowd, had they been disposed to inflict injury on the premises, which, however, did not seem to be the case. The crowd departed up Fulton street, with three cheers for the stars and stripes. It is but justice to say that a majority of those present were throughout good humored and even facetious, but there was a minority who were evidently ready for outrages that when once begun no man can tell where they will end. The keeper of a powder magazine to which a match has been applied has about as much control over it, as the leader of a mob over its action when it is once fairly under way.

From the Eagle office the crowd went up Fulton street and paid their respects to our cotemporaries. The News office was visited. The building in which it is printed was closed, and all was dark, except a window in the upper story, where an industrious type was seen distributing his type. The crowd hollowed out, "Show your colors," "Up with your flag." Typo was anxious enough to show his discretion and his patriotism, but it appears there was no flag at hand. The police said they could not guarantee the safety of the place unless the stars and stripes floated above it. Typo rushed over to Captain Hopkins, who fortunately had a piece of bunting by him, considerably the worse for wear and weather, however. The flag, such as it is, was given to the breeze, but it hardly satisfied the exacting patriotism of the crowd. One hollowed out, "That is not a Union flag," another doubted that all the stars was there, while another, who diluted his patriotism with facetiousness, said that was Major Anderson's flag, and that Capt. Hopkins had just come from the wars with it.

The crowd next visited the Standard office. The proprietor of that paper knowing how the tide ran, was forewarned and forearmed and appeared with an American flag in each hand, and assuming a theatrical position, he waved them from the window of his office, to the edification of the enthusiastic crowd. He called for three cheers for the American flag, which were given, and Mr. Del Vecchio pressed the beloved emblem to his breast after the manner of Hinkley, and with a profound obeisance retired, having refused the unanimous request of the crowd for a "speech," a " speech."

An old resident and a very careful observer, reminded the crowd of the existence of our venerable, respected and eminently patriotic contemporary, the Star. The office of that paper was visited, but the neighborhood had a depressing effect on the till now enthusiastic crowd, and with a modified demonstration they dispersed, after a speech from one of its leaders, against violence and in laudation of the satisfactory uniformity of opinion that existed in this community, and of this novel way of ascertaining and securing it.


Handbills, of which the following is a copy, were posted in most of the public places of the city last night:

Hemp! Hemp! Hemp!

The Select Committee of those in favor of inflicting summary punishment upon Traitors, and those who justify or sympathize with treason, will meet on Thursday evening at 8 o'clock, for the purpose of organization and receiving their quota of Hemp Ropes.

By order of: Executioner-in-Chief

We suggest to those who invoke the terrible elements of popular passion, that they are not to be allayed by the power which invokes them.

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