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Retrospect: July 13–16, 1863: NYC Draft Riots

When the American Civil War broke out in 1861, officials in charge of the Union Army initially felt confident they could rely on volunteer regiments to supply the forces necessary to suppress the rebel uprising. Despite President Abraham Lincoln's repeated calls for able-bodied men from the North to volunteer for duty, including a call in 1862 for 300,000 volunteers to enlist for nine months of service—the so-called “nine months men”—the number of Union troops proved insufficient as the war dragged on into its third bloody year.

 

Contributing Editor SEAN POTTER is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM), Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), and science writer with an interest in weather history.

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