Two New York City Civil War Draft Riot Reimbursement Checks - 1863. Two New York City checks reimbursing property owners for damages to their buildings suffered during the Civil War Draft Riots. Signed by Mayor George Opdyke and others. These checks measure approximately 8 x 3.75. Both are printed in blue and have official red overprints reading, Riot Damages.
Both were signed by Opdyke with additional signatures by Matthew Brennan, the Comptroller, and Joseph B. Young, the Clerk of the Board of Supervisor; one on October 3rd, 1863 and the other on November 5th, 1863. The checks are in nice shape, and both have the distinctive cross and circle hole punch cancellations used by the bank to indicate that they had been cashed and were invalid for future use. Between 13 and 16 July 1863, Lower Manhattan was beset with violent draft riots by mostly Irish working-class men venting their opposition to laws passed by Congress authorizing men to be conscripted into the Union Army to fight in the Civil War.
President Lincoln directed that several regiments be deployed from Gettysburg to regain control of the city. They didnt arrive until the second day of the riot. In the interim, mobs destroyed public buildings, private homes (especially homes of wealthy abolitionists and African-Americans), and the Colored Orphan Asylum.
Casualty estimates range from 2,000 to 8,000 injured and place the number of dead between 120 and 2,000. To this day, these riots remain the most violent and costly civil disturbance ever to have occurred in the United States.
Some historians maintain that the riots were more about race than the draft and were the culmination of years of Irish resentment over black competition for. Jobs, especially at the docks and wharves. The Gangs of New York. Documentation of the worst civil disturbance ever to occur in the United States. As of 2018, no other Riot Damage checks are for sale in the trade, and OCLC shows none held by institutions.
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