1862 – Draft Riot of 1862

On this date angry citizens protesting a War Department order for 300,000 additional troops, . As county drew the first name, cannon fire resounded and a mob of over 1,000 angry citizens wielding clubs and bricks and carrying banners scrawled with the words “No Draft!” marched through the streets. The mob stormed the city destroying buildings, setting fires, and gutting the interior of homes and shops. Troops were brought in the next day to quell the violence. The Ozaukee rioters were captured and remained prisoners at for about a year before they were finally released. In all, more than a half-dozen homes were damaged and dozens of citizens were injured. [Source: ]