By-laws of the
Westchester Home Guards,
August 1863

The memory of the July riots and the fear that the draft might cause more violence stayed fresh in the minds of Westchester residents throughout the latter half of 1863. Some towns, including Yonkers and Tarrytown, responded to fears of violence by forming local militia. The Westchester Home Guards officially formed on August 10, 1863, in order "to defend the Persons and Property of the Citizens of [the town of] Westchester from riotous persons and mobs."

In November of 1863, the Westchester County Board of Supervisors received a report of claims brought against the County because of damage from the July riots. The most expensive claim was for $1000.

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