Civil War in Downtown SF 1860s

Unfinished History


Pro-Union meeting, July 4, 1861, corner of Montgomery, Post, and Market Streets.

Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library


A rare photographic image of a nineteenth-century urban riot in progress. Sacramento Street east of Montgomery during the course of the disturbance, showing police lined up to thwart the intentions of those bent on destroying a "secesh" newspaper. Charles and Michael De Young apparently scooped up printing and typesetting equipment left in the streets in the wake of riots against Confederate-sympathizing newspapers after Lincoln's assassination, which they used to launch their newspaper The Daily Dramatic Chronicle.

Photo: Lincoln Museum, Ft. Wayne, Indiana

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