Across the Hudson River, in New Jersey, Joel Parker assured President Lincoln that his state would fulfill its allotted number of men. The letter was sent on 21 July 1863 - just days after the deadly riots.
The President had been advised of the conscription riots in New York. Within weeks of those riots, Mr. Lincoln personally denied a request by Horatio Seymour (then governor of New York) who had asked to delay implementing the draft in New York.
One can understand Governor Seymour’s concern: More than 300 buildings were burned or destroyed as the rampaging mob turned on its own city.
But one can also under the President’s reaction: Weeks before the riots, the North and South had lost a combined total of more than 45,000 men in the Gettysburg battle.