2. Bull’s Head Hotel – 44th Street

bull's head hotel wikimedia draft riots nyc-untapped citiesThe hotel, depicted in 1830. Image via Wikimedia Commons

The Bull’s Head Hotel on 44th Street, near the provost marshal’s office, was one of many buildings, including the Mayor’s residence on 5th Avenue, that was attacked by the riotous crowd. The story goes that the proprietors of the hotel refused the angry mob alcohol. Having little on their minds except destruction, the crowd burned the entire hotel to the ground. Very few of the places destroyed that morning had anything to do with the drafts, except for the provost marshal’s office. Many buildings, like the Bull’s Head Hotel, not to be mistaken for the Bull’s Head Tavern where General George Washington established a temporary headquarters in 1783, were simply in the crowd’s way.

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