(Molly Maguires) The Pennsylvania Coal Mines ... Buckshots and the Molly McGuires on the Rampage. Four Men Killed. (1863 front-page article from The New York Times)
The front and center article, in 1½ columns, describes the chaotic events in Mauch Chunk, Carbon County, Pennsylvania, coal country. This “Irish, Welch and German Row at Mauch Chunk” blamed on rioting coal miners egged on by the teachings of Copperhead.
The article describes the “Origin of the Troubler—Terrible Outrages” and angry coal miners who threaten and attack those men who would enlist in the Union effort: “In the streets of Janesville [Jeansville] men have been pulled out of their houses and cut to pieces in the street.”
The secretive Molly Maguires, also known as the Ancient Order of Hibernians, were Irish Catholic laborers who agitated among Irish-American coal miners in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region. The Mollies were part domestic terrorists and part labor activists and The New York Times describes what they were capable of, in spades, with plenty of murder and bodies to go around.
A portion of the article interprets the events that transpired as Captain Yates and his troop of invalid soldier came to the scene to restore law and order, after several potshots in their direction and their dispersion of an angry mob.
Additionally, this issue describes a host of Civil War actions and events and other interesting news summaries.
Description: (Molly Maguires) The Pennsylvania Coal Mines ... Buckshots and the Molly McGuires on the Rampage. Four Men Killed. (1863 front-page article from The New York Times)
New York. Vol. XIII–No. 3783. Saturday, November 7, 1863. Folio. 8-pages. Usual folds, foxing; very good.