The Home Front: 1861 to 1865

The Military Draft

Did the children escape?

Several courageous employees of the asylum gathered the children and pointedly asked them if they believed the Almighty could save them from a moment such as this. They nodded. The leaders then brought the children out the doors and right into the worst section of the mob.

As terrible as their actions had been, most members of the mob stood by and did nothing as the children passed through. Just one or two persons started toward the children, whereupon other members of the mob interposed themselves. It was one thing to destroy a building, another to actually harm the children. They reached relative safety twenty minutes later, but as the violence in the city continued, they were taken to Governor’s Island, on the East River, for safety. Although a new asylum was built, it was not in the wonderful location as before, and the second asylum was never the great success that the first had been.


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