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The Draft Riots of 1863

By Phineas Upham

One of the overshadowed aspects of the Civil War took place in New York City from July 13th to 16th in the year 1863. This time period was known as Draft Week back then, but history would remember the event as the New York City Draft Riots.

Congress had enacted laws that same year that were meant to conscript for the Civil War. They needed men …