Category Archives: New York

Christmas, 1864: The New York skating pond report

From Harper’s Weekly — Skating Carnival, Brooklyn 1862 *********************************************** The New York Times publishes its review of the various skating ponds in the area, starting with the Captioline Lake and Union Pond in Brooklyn. Capitoline Lake Skating This favorite skating … Continue reading

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March 22, 1864: Popularity of the war

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reproduces with some satisfaction an article from the New York Daily News in opposition to the continuation of the war. A Voice from the North. “Popularity of the War”–a Seething Article from the New York Daily … Continue reading

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March 7, 1864: Homage to the first black regiment in New York

The New York Times notes the stark contrast between last year’s riots, in which the Colored Children’s Orphanage was burned, and the parade of the 20th USCT regiment as they head out for action. The Times sees it as the … Continue reading

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February 12, 1864: Southerners in New York

The Richmond Whig reproduces, without comment, a very interesting sociological piece from a New York paper. It classifies the thousands of southerners living in New York City during the war into three groups: Secessionists, Unionists, and “No-Siders”. It then reports … Continue reading

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July 22, 1863: Those Yankee despots

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July 15, 1863: Draft riots continue

The New York Times reports on the continuing draft riots in the city, but avows that most of the rioters are motivated by plunder. The reign of the mob which was inaugurated on Monday morning has not yet ceased, although … Continue reading

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July 13, 1863: New York Draft Riots

The mob in New York had a frenzied reaction to the new draft law. Many of the rioters appear to have held the black residents of the city as responsible for the war, and struck out against them indiscriminately. Infamously, … Continue reading

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April 8, 1863: Demonstration of laughing gas at the Cooper Institute

Gardner Quincy Colton pioneered the use of nitrous oxide in dentistry. New York Times: LAUGHING GAS AND COMMODORE NUTT. Dr. COLTON will give an exhibition of the laughing gas this evening, at the Cooper Institute. Father REED’s celebrated Quartette are … Continue reading

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April 3, 1863: Anti-Copperhead meeting

The Copperheads were northern Democrats who advocated a negotiated peace with the South. The Republicans viewed them as tantamount to traitors, and held meetings opposing them, even in an election off-year like 1863. New York Times: UNION MEETING TO-NIGHT. The … Continue reading

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February 14, 1863: Dangers of rye coffee

The blockade of the south caused a lot of hardships, but perhaps none so keenly felt on the home front as the shortage of coffee. As we’ve seen before, a variety of substitutes were developed, most of them pretty disgusting. … Continue reading

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