Holmes Civil War riots

People don’t typically think of Holmes County as a trend-setter on a national level. Fewer still would think of equating it with New York City when it comes to acting on matters of national importance.

But about a century-and-a- half ago Holmes County did indeed share center-stage limelight with the Big Apple in terms of a national crisis.

That little-known and often overlooked chapter in America’s history has been researched by a College of Wooster student in her just-completed Independent Study project.

Sarah Coffin, a senior history major from Manchester, Mass., became fascinated with a story she heard about how Civil War draft riots broke out in both Holmes County and New York City in the summer of 1863.

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