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In New York City, Confederate agents make an apparent but failed attempt to fire much of Manhattan

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11/25/1864 to 11/26/1864
Late in the evening and continuing into the next morning, arsonists set fires in several widespread areas of New York City.  Many of the fires were discovered quickly in up to thirteen large hotels, including the Belmont, the Astor, and the Metropolitan, and several other buildings, including Barnum's Museum.  Hay barges along the river front were also set afire. The press noted that the execution of the plan was poor, that no serious damage or casualties were incurred and all fires quickly contained. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"The Plot," New York Times, November 27, 1864, p.1 
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