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.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5186stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 01, 2002

Updated Last Revision: Jan 10, 2016

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