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It is clear that Union infantry and cavalry engaged the rioters in the streets, contributing to the substantial loss of life: During the Draft Riots of 1863, Union troops were called in to restore order. Here the rioters (pictured) battled Union forces along First Avenue, between 11th and 14th Streets (note the cannon firing in the background) Columbia ...


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Cannons were fired in anger in an American City, in the Philadelphia Nativist Riots in 1844 by both sides. I have not read of naval guns being used in the New York City draft riots of 1863. In those days naval guns were far more powerful than field artillery used by armies. I believe that if even small warships fired upon a city neighborhood it would be ...



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