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Washington D.C. suspends the draft in the riot-stricken city of New York

Robert Nugent, detail
07/15/1863
As the New York City draft riots entered their third day, Colonel Robert Nugent, the acting assistant provost marshal for the southern district of New York, which included New York City, received word from Washington to suspend the Conscription Act in the area and make a public announcement. Nugent's own house on West 86th Street had already been looted and burned.  The announcement, together with heavy and forceful actions from arriving federal troops and militia helped dampen the unrest, which petered out the next day. (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), 41. 
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