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Rioters brutally beat, torture, and kill Colonel Henry F. O'Brian, commander of the 11th New York Volunteers

Rioters murder Colonel H. F. O'Brien in the street, New York City, July 14, 1863, artist's impression, detail
07/14/1863
Colonel Henry F. O'Brian and his men of the Eleventh New York had dispersed rioters on Second Avenue the evening before, using cannon firing high. Still, a woman bystander and her child were killed. O'Brian's home was burned that night and when he returned to inspect the damage the next afternoon, rioters seized him and beat him unmercifully, torturing him for a reported six hours in an horrendous mutilation murder.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Iver Bernstein, The New York City Draft Riots: Their Significance for American Society and Politics in the Age of the Civil War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990), 36-37.