BPL’s Civil War Exhibit & North End “Draft Riot”

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The American Civil War is one of the defining events in United States history. Throughout 2011, the Boston Public Library commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an array of system-wide programming, including exhibitions, lectures, films, tours, and live performances.


North Ender Anne Pistorio attended the exhibit and researched the “Draft Riot” at the Cooper Street Armory, on the corner of N. Margin Street. Anne brings us a report of the Civil War “Draft Riot” in Boston from the diary of Major Stephen Cabot, who had command of the Cooper Street Amory on the night of the riot. Click to read the “Draft Riot” report (pdf).