Overall: 23 x 25 1/2 x 21 3/4 in. ( 58.4 x 64.8 x 55.2 cm )
Civil War draft wheel; cylindrical drum with a rectangular, lockable hatch and an iron and wood handle, set on trestle frame with bracket feet and a turned stretcher; brass plaque on side; with 100+ cards with names of draft-eligible men.
Gift of Frederic C. Wagner
Plaque (engraved): DRAFT WHEEL/ USED JULY 13, 1863/ WITH NAMES OF RESIDENTS IN THE/ 7TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT N.Y. CITY/ COMPRISING THE 11TH AND 17TH WARDS/ PRESENTED BY FREDERIC C. WAGNER/ CAPTAIN AND PROVOST MARSHALL/ JUNE 20TH 1865 Description: Brass plaque on side, with inscription.
This draft wheel was used in the draft lottery for the Civil War held on July 13, 1863 in the 7th Congressional District comprising the 11th and 17th Wards of New York City (the East Side below 14th St. and above Rivington St.). The draft lottery, part of the nation's first conscription act, touched off the worst urban riots in American history.
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