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In Philadelphia, high political emotions start a brawl and get a prominent Philadelphia author arrested

Union League House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1864
Soon after Lincoln's assassination , the well-known Philadelphia author, Edward Ingersoll, gave a speech that reiterated his support for the South and states rights and decried the huge Government debt.  Days later, he brawled with a Union veteran at a railway station and drew a pistol.  He was arrested and taken to a police station that was immediately besieged by irate pro-Union Philadelphians.  His brother, Charles Ingersoll, was badly beaten when he arrived to post bail. Edward was released the next day without charges.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
J.Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), 825.