"The excitement is spreading and from the information obtained this morning there is a secret organization in Eastchester and partly armed…"
Letter from W.H.H. Barker to Captain Moses G. Leonard, 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.