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 Posted: Mon Aug 5th, 2013 04:27 pm
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Ok, here's a website supporting what Johnson said about hotels catching. But it states that Tammany Hall and some lumber yards were torched.

But then there's the Harper's Weekly article on the plot:

THE PLOT TO BURN NEW YORK.

On the night of November 25 a band of conspirators, under rebel auspices, attempted to execute their long cherished plot to lay New York City in ashes. It was the intention of the conspirators to set fire to all the principal hotels, and to kindle a long line of fires that should insure the utter destruction of Broadway, while at the same time portions of the city remote from each other should each become a centre of distracting alarms. If the plot had succeeded nothing could have saved the city from utter destruction. The fires were kindled by leaving quantities of phosphorus where it would become exposed to the air in the rooms of the hotels, and the furniture of the rooms was so arranged as to help on the incipient conflagration. More than a dozen hotels were fired in this manner, and an attempt was also made to ignite Barnum's Museum. Among the hotels were the Astor, St. Nicholas, Fifth Avenue, Lafarge, St. James, Metropolitan, Howard, United States, Lovejoy's, Tammany, Belmont, Hanford, and others. Only a temporary and trifling injury was accomplished, owing to the well ordered action of the police. General Dix, on the 26th, issued orders to the effect that the culprits, upon their conviction, should be executed without a day's delay, and that all persons from insurgent States not registering their names at the Provost Marshal's office should be regarded and treated as spies.


What I find interesting here is that it lists a Tammany hotel. I'm not sure Tammany Hall, the building and not the organization housed in it, was ever a hotel. According to the Wikipedia article:

Tammany Hall merged politics and entertainment, already stylistically similar, in its new headquarters ... The Tammany Society kept only one room for itself, renting the rest to entertainment impresarios: Don Bryant's Minstrels,a German theater company, classical concerts and opera. The basement – in the French mode – offered the Café Ausant, where one could see tableux vivant, gymnastic exhibitions, pantomimes, and Punch and Judy shows. There was also a bar, a bazaar, a Ladies' Cafe, and an oyster saloon. All this – with the exception of Bryant's – was open from seven till midnight for a combination price of fifty cents.[

Given as this appears to be a direct quote from the Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace book Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 there might be more on what Tammany Hall, again the building and not the organization, was. But from this it looks like the building served as an entertainment center and social gathering spot without a hotel being a part of it. But if Tammany Hall did not include a hotel and was what was set fire to then why did the Harper's Weekly say Tammany in a list of hotels?

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