New Yorkers were very enthusiastic and optimistic and within 10 days 8000 citizens from NY city signed up.
July 21, 1861...After the Union troops got their butts handed to them at the First Battle of Bull Run Manassas, Virginia, this enthusiasm and optimism went right down the toilet.
Horatio Seymore won the NY Governor election running on an anti-war platform in 1862.
Since Union soldiers invading the South are dying in record numbers... Congress passes new laws announcing a draft to force more men to fight against the South.
July 11, 1863, the first lottery of the conscription law was held.
July 13 1863 The fine citizens of NY city responded with an all out rampage.
Five days of mayhem and bloodshed and murder began.
The riots were the largest civil insurrection in American history apart from the Civil War itself.
For some reason the New Yorkers must have blamed black people for the war.
They began to attack black people in the streets including women and children.
Blacks were murdered in the streets. Blacks were hung from lamp posts. Blacks were set on fire.
Many black peoples houses were burned down.
The Colored Orphan Asylum on Fifth Avenue was attacked and destroyed.
The police superintendent was attacked by the angry mob and left badly wounded.
The mayor's residence on Fifth Avenue, the Eighth and Fifth District police stations, and other buildings were attacked and set on fire.
Federal army troops were called in. They were attacked.
The Assistant provost-marshal-general received word from his superior officer, to suspend the draft. As this news appeared in newspapers the situation finally began to improve as many of the rioters settled down.
The exact death toll during the New York Draft Riots is unknown, but according to historian James M. McPherson , at least 120 civilians were killed. Estimates are that at least 2,000 more were injured.