The Buckshot War in Pennsylvania 1838

[ 1838 ]

The Anti-Masonic party led by Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868) and supported by some Whigs, attempted to organize the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, without seating the Democratic members from Philadelphia. An angry mob from Philadelphia descended on Harrisburg and threatened violence. The Pennsylvania governor, after having been denied the use of federal troops, called out militiamen and ordered them to load their guns with buckshot for riot control. The Democrats were admitted to the house, and order was restored.

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