The Union Conscription Act of March 3, 1863, provided that all able-bodied males between the ages
Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials
Duration: 5 minutes
Date Posted: 8/20/2013
In this post, readers will learn about an historical moment from a personal point of view. William Steinway recounts the terrors of the 1863 New York City Draft riots and why he feared for his family during those dangerous days. Written by Curator Emerita Cynthia Adams Hoover and volunteer Karen Johnson, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.