On this day in Wisconsin History:
Did Wisconsin Invent Moonbats?
1862 - Draft Riot of 1862Lincolnnero? Civil War a quagmire? Lincoln lied and people died? No blood for Blacks?
On this date angry citizens protesting a War Department order for 300,000 additional troops, rioted in Port Washington, Ozaukee County. As county draft commissioner William A. Pors 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 Camp Randall 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: Ozaukee Country Wisconsin]
Through the 1864 election, Wisconsin newspaper editor Marcus M. Pomeroy called Lincoln "fungus from the corrupt womb of bigotry and fanaticism" and a "worse tyrant and more inhuman butcher than has existed since the days of Nero... The man who votes for Lincoln now is a traitor and murderer... And if he is elected to misgovern for another four years, we trust some bold hand will pierce his heart with dagger point for the public good."Butternuts- I think that is quite catchy. Will Hillary Clinton be the Butternut Party nominee for the 2008 Presidential election? Her campaign slogan could be 'Have another nutter butter issue stutter sandwich kookie!'
The Copperheads were also called 'Peace Democrats' and 'Butternuts'.1