George M. Chester letter regarding the New York City Orange Riot

Title
George M. Chester letter regarding the New York City Orange Riot, 1871.
Author
Chester, George M. (George Morell), 1838-1891.

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Additional Authors
Chester, Catherine M.
Description
.1 linear foot (1 folder)
Source (note)
  • Purchased from Swann Galleries, 2014
Call Number
MssCol 22941
OCLC
881830025
Author
Chester, George M. (George Morell), 1838-1891.
Title
George M. Chester letter regarding the New York City Orange Riot, 1871.
Summary
Letter (6 p.) from American newspaper journalist George M. Chester (1838-1891) to his mother, 1871 July 16, providing a vivid eyewitness account of the New York City Orange Riot of July 12. Chester was the son of John and Catherine M. Chester of Detroit, Michigan. He served in the Quartermaster's Department during the American Civil War and later worked for several years as a journalist in New York City. He describes the riot which broke out in Manhattan on July 12, 1871, when Irish Catholic protesters confronted a parade of Irish Protestant Orangemen commemorating the Battle of the Boyne. The marchers were cordoned under the escort of New York City Police and five regiments of the New York National Guard (the 6th, 7th, 9th, 22nd, and 84th) when shooting broke out on Eighth Avenue near 24th Street, resulting in many injuries and deaths. Serving that day in the 22nd N.Y.N.G., Chester recounts the sequence of events from the start of the parade at Eighth Avenue and 29th Street to his muster-out at the Cooper Institute, and duty the following day. Three sets of line drawings show the strategic disposition of the marchers and their guards at various times, including the disorder following the shootings.
Source
Purchased from Swann Galleries, 2014
Occupation
Journalists.
Police.
Soldiers.
Added Author
Chester, Catherine M., recipient.
Research Call Number
MssCol 22941
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