"…The Enrollment is complete except in one sub-district, located in the mining districts where the population consists mostly of Irish & under the excitement of the past week, it would have been indiscreet to have attempted to proceed — it shall be completed however as soon as possible…"
"…Precautionary measures have been taken by this board since the outbreak in New York. To prevent similar recurrences in this district special Watchmen + scouts have been employed. Scouts to bring information from the sections which seemed most turbulent + the Watchmen to gaurd [sic] the office Building, wherein the clothing is stored. Threats have reached me that this Office together with Enrollment + clothing would be destroyed. The danger seemed imminent and the utmost vigilance was required."
Tri-monthly Reports from James Brown to Provost Marshal General James Fry, 07/20/1863
This report reflects the concern and issues raised a week following the the New York City Draft Riots. Violent protests against the Civil War draft, the riots 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.