Honoring Confederate History Month: The Fire-Bombing of Manhattan

04.08.10 Bucky Turco

LovejoysHotel Maybe it’s because we were on the winning side of the war or never felt that it was honorable to revere the American statesmen who begged foreign European powers to invade the country on their behalf, but there’s something very bothersome about the South’s insistence on honoring the Confederacy as proposed by the Governor of Virgina. And then there’s always this.

In November of 1864, Confederate Colonel Robert Martin hatched a plan to burn down at least 16 hotels around NYC on Election Day in a desperate attempt to spread fear and panic. Historian David Homer Bates sums up this act of acts of terrorism rather eloquently:

The attempt to set fire the city of New York is one of the greatest atrocities of age. There is nothing in the annals of barbarism which evinces greater vindictiveness. In all the buildings fired, not only non-combatant men, but women and children, were congregated in large numbers, and nothing but the most diabolical spirit of revenge could have impelled the incendiaries to act so revoltingly.

Also, your flag sucks!