Rare First Edition of The Draft Riots in New York July, 1863

  • The Draft Riots in New York July, 1863.

The Draft Riots in New York July, 1863.


Item Number: 4148

New York: Baker & Godwin Publishers, 1863.

First edition. Octavo, full cloth, all edges gilt, gilt ruling to the front and rear panel. In very good condition. Embossed name of Erastus Clark on the front panel. Clark was an American attorney, government official, and union official, who served on the Interstate Commerce Commission from 1906 to 1921, and was its chairman during 1913–1914 and 1918–1921. OCLC locates only two copies of this work. Rare.

The New York City draft riots (July 13–16, 1863), were violent disturbances in New York City that were the culmination of discontent with new laws passed by Congress that year to draft men to fight in the ongoing American Civil War. The riots remain the largest civil insurrection in American history, aside from the Civil War itself.

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