1863 Letter - 34th New York Suppresses New York Draft Riots


1863 Letter - 34th New York Suppresses New York Draft Riots


Item No. 4674877

Offered here is an interesting 1862 Civil War letter written by Private Philip Crewell of the 34th New York Volunteers to his father at home in Denison, New York. The letter was written from Albany on June 18, 1863, just a few days before the regiment was mustered out of service. Crewell writes that his regiment, along with the 30th New York, had stood against two thousand rioters during the New York Draft Riots. It reads, in full:

Albany June 18th 1863

Dear Brother,

Sir as you wished to hear from me whilst I was here I now take the time to pen a few lines. This has been quite a time with the strikes that is the working party. They struck for higher wages and not that but divide government property. There was 2,000 of them. There was two regiments, ours and 30th [New York] turned out to quiet them. There was one or two pieces of artillery sent up the river too, and six companies with it, but nothing occurred of any account. This morning I turned in my gun and the afternoon I am going out in the country no more. I am well, never better. We have to report next Wednesday for muster.

I remain yours as ever,
Philip Crewell

The letter was written upon one side a half stationery sheet measuring about 5” x 8”. It is in excellent condition with little wear to edges and corners, other than the left edge where Crewell removed this sheet from its twin. Minor foxing and toning. Creased where originally folded.

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