[Capitol Riots and Buckshot War] Report of the Committee Appointed to Enquire Into the Causes of the Disturbances at the Seat of Government, in December, 1838.
Mob assault on the Pennsylvania State Capitol, hunting legislators in the Senate Chamber
The contentious election of 1838 in Pennsylvania resulted in Whig and the Democratic parties each claiming sole control of the House of Representatives. A mob formed upon the Pennsylvania State Capitol, the legislature dispersed, business shut down. Even with the threat of violence, President Van Buren refused Governor Ritner’s request for Federal troops. Instead, Ritner called out the Pennsylvania Militia, providing them with thirteen rounds of buckshot cartridges, hence the “Buckshot” War. Order was finally restored.
Description: [Capitol Riots and Buckshot War] Report of the Committee Appointed to Enquire Into the Causes of the Disturbances at the Seat of Government, in December, 1838.
Harrisburg: Boas & Coplan, 1839. 163,  pages. Five folding tables. Bound into a plain 20th century binding with a green cloth spine and chipboard covers. Edges of covers with some loss or wear; all within Very Good.
Howes P-206, erroneously supplying an 1829 date: “The Buckshot War, resulting from party clashes, during which the Legislature was dispersed, local business suspended and the militia called out.” See Sabin 60488 and DAH.