AMERICAN CIVIL WAR FACTS

Civil War New York City Draft Riots Facts

New York City Draft Riots
New York City Draft Riots

Introduction - New York City Draft Riots

In March of 1863 the American Civil War had been raging for nearly two years. The Union Army had lost a lot of soldiers in those bloody two years, that combined with falling enlistments and increased desertions had compelled President Lincoln to take action. Lincoln signed the Enrollment Act on March 3rd of 1863 requiring all northern men between the ages of 20 and 45 to sign-up for possible military service; the first draft ever in US history. The draft caused protest and rage throughout the north; his rage would boil over in New York City on July 13th and result in the New York City Draft Riots. Besides the Civil War itself the New York City Draft Riots was the largest civil insurrection in U.S. history. The list of interesting kid-friendly facts below explains what caused the riots, who the rioters were, why the rioters thought the draft was unfair, and how many people lost their lives.

New York City Draft Riots Interesting Facts