Colored Orphan Asylum burns during New York draft riots
From July 11–16, 1863, New York City’s lower Manhattan seethed with violence as rioters, largely from the working class Irish community, protested the Union’s military draft. The mobs often targeted African Americans, and this engraving shows the Colored Orphan Asylum after it had been set ablaze on July 13. Looters are carrying away spoils from the orphanage. (Sarin Images (Granger))