By Dutch Charley Duane, Charles P. Duane, John Boessenecker
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While urging the mob to disperse, I was assailed by a volley of stones, and was injured on my ankle and other parts of my body and was forced to retreat into the rear of the military. 15 The mob was in a frenzy, beyond listening to reason. Now the order to fire was given again and the militia fired three volleys into the crowd, killing thirty-one rioters and spectators. The mob scattered and fled. At least 150 persons, half of them police, had been wounded by stones. Few riots of the antebellum period equaled the bloodshed at Astor Place.
But his enthusiasm for his new duties was not shared by many of his peers. Numerous volunteers resigned in protest, and one company, the Lady Washington No. 2, quit en masse. After Duane's election, the historian Theodore H. Hittell noted, "The moral character of the department soon showed signs of deterioration. " 45 Dutch Charley's enemies alleged that many inactive firemen had enrolled in the volunteer department solely so that they could vote for Duane. A correspondent for the San Francisco Herald claimed that an entire company, Pacific No.
A noted ruffian, Jim Campbell, entered and insulted Broderick. Duane let the insult pass, but soon afterward Billy Mulligan entered, dressed to the nines for a fireman's ball. When Mulligan learned of the insult, he doffed his gloves and fancy coat and beat Campbell severely by punching and head-butting. Dutch Charley thought that Mulligan had gone too far and tried to stop the fight, but Ned McGowan told Duane not to interfere. " Campbell's injuries kept him bedridden for weeks but did not change his temperament.
Against the vigilantes: the recollections of Dutch Charley Duane by Dutch Charley Duane, Charles P. Duane, John Boessenecker