"Warned by the fearful riots in N.York. I hope this District will be well guarded…"
Letter from Hoboken Mayor L.W. Elder to Provost Marshall E.N. Miller, 07/13/1863
July 13th, marks the 150th anniversary of the New York City Draft Riots, violent protests against the Civil War draft that lasted four days and resulted in over 1,000 casualties and millions of dollars of property destruction. Acts of vandalism and destruction were reported throughout the city as the riots spread. The mobs initially targeted government buildings and representatives before focusing their violence towards the African-American community.