1862 : Detroit Draft Riot

July 15, 2018 all-day

A rally held in Detroit following Lincoln’s call for 300,000 more volunteers was broken up by hecklers and rowdies.

Source : Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State by Willis Frederick Dunbar. Also available in print.

Also see DRAFTING IN MICHIGAN.: What the Law Says About It. Who are Liable to duty and who are exempt. Detroit Free Press, July 15, 1862;
pg. 1. Courtesy of Proquest Historical Newspapers. In short all able-bodied white males between the ages of 18 and 45 and not exempt for other reasons are eligible for the draft.

THE GOVERNOR’S PROCLAMATION. Detroit Free Press, July 15, 1862, pg. 1 Courtesy of Proquest Historical Newspapers. The Governor of the state calls on the people of the state to do their duty, enlist, and help put down the rebellion. 6 new regiments are required; one from each congressional district. One month’s Pay ($13) and a bounty of $25 will be paid upon enlisting. Austin Blair, Governor.

THE CALL FOR TROOPS.: IMMENSE MEETING OF CITIZENS. Speeches of Mayor Duncan. Win. A. Howard. T. Romeyn, and H. A. Morrow. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE MEETING. RESOLUTIONS. REMARKS BY HENRY MORROW. Detroit Free Press, July 16, 1862, p.1 Courtesy of Proquest Historical Newspapers. Exhortations were made on Detroit’s Campus Martius starting at a quarter to 7:00 p.m. An immense crowd turned out.

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