of Mayor Opdyke
and others, and General Brown
the next morning assumed command of all the government troops in the city, and took up his quarters at the police headquarters in Mulberry street, where he and Commissioner Acton
concerted measures which speedily reduced the rioters to submission.
No effective steps were taken to accomplish this purpose until these two gentlemen formed their alliance, and no steps other than those which they carried out tended in any degree whatever to that end.
In the meanwhile, I had reported to General Wool
, who nervously ordered me to take my command to the arsenal, and to carefully avoid any encounter with a mob on my way thither, as it was imperative to reinforce General Sanford
No obstacle was offered, however, to our progress, and we reached the arsenal about eleven o'clock. General Sanford
was there in command, but did not wear any vestige of uniform, either then, or at any time during the riots.
About midnight, word was received that a mob was preparing to assault the arsenal.
A few minutes later General Sanford
put on his hat, and, bidding us good-night, with the assurance that he should look in again in the morning, he departed for his private residence.
This resembled his behavior on the 3d of the month, as above related.
Two staff officers remained and entertained us for the rest of the night with a dispute as to which was in command.
About two A. M., Lieutenant Wood
arrived at the arsenal with the section of artillery from Fort Hamilton
, which had succeeded in reaching the St. Nicholas Hotel
, and he and I made a transfer of commands, he taking my infantry and I assuming charge of the artillery. .The staff officers desired me to bring the guns inside the building, but as that was preposterous, I persuaded them to allow me to put them in battery at the corners of. Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth streets, pointing up and down Seventh avenue. Rumors reached us, from time to time, of disorderly gatherings moving about the city; but, as I have already stated, no further violence was attempted by the mob until Tuesday morning.
The 14th of July dawned clear and lovely.
In the lower part of the city some attempt was made in the morning to resume business, but in the upper districts stores and residences remained closed.
Second and Third avenues were the rallying points, but the rioters, being without leaders, hesitated as to their course of action.
Early in the morning Inspector Carpenter
, with two hundred and fifty police, started on a reconnoissance from the Mulberry
About the same time one of the staff officers at the arsenal ordered the officer whom I had placed in command of