It's another party day! Today in celebration of Kathy's debut novella, Bachelor Buttons, I am giving away a beautiful bracelet and a copy of When the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard. Read below for more information.
Kathy will be on Giovanni's radio show on Today at 10:00 A.M. Be sure to tune in and listen! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop/2013/04/30/kathleen-maher-cry-of-freedom-v3-bachelor-buttons
The Battle of New York City: Draft Riots of 1863
Days after the Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg during the Civil War, Manhattan exploded in three days of mob violence. Dozens of fires burned businesses, homes, and even an orphanage as thousands of outraged people took to the streets, and at the end of the week of July 13-16, over a hundred people had been killed. Who were these rioters and why were they so outraged that they were pushed to such behavior?
|A broad overview of Manhattan and where the attacks were.|
The protests quickly escalated into mayhem—telegraph wires were cut, streetcars were stopped, torches and drunken revelry spread uptown and from the East River to the Hudson until several buildings blazed—not only the Provost Marshall’s office where the draft was being conducted, but in the hours and days to come, Brooks Brothers’ Clothiers, The New York Tribune and dozens of others until the city was under siege.
|Brooks Brothers being looted|
I find this chapter of history fascinating not just because I write about New York State and love the Civil war, but also because it shows the extremes in human nature. The evil deeds reflect man’s ineffective attempts to procure justice apart form God, while the heroic deeds prove that not all Irish were bad. Irish Catholic Archbishop Hughs called for an end to the violence, and it did end when troops from Gettysburg were brought up to restore order. My novella Bachelor Buttons is a snapshot of this time and setting, depicting a young lady torn between two suitors when the war imposes on their daily lives.
Today I'm are giving away a signed copy of Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard and a beautiful bracelet. The draft riots were a time in history where people who lived it never forgot it. Leave a comment and tell us what piece of history happened in your lifetime that left such an impression that you will never forget the day?
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GRAND PRIZE: Trader Joe's bag filled with goodies. Tea cup with strainer, tea bags, loose tea, coffee, cake candle, decorative candle large Better Homes and Garden Candle, 2 pads of paper, pen, Family Guardian by Laurie Alice Eakes, and a pink necklace and earrings from Dressbarn! Everyday you leave a comment gives you one entry. A possible total of 7 entries! Grand prize drawn May 6th. AND a pdf copy of Bachelor Buttons!
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