Patrolman John T. Van Buren

Patrolman John T. Van Buren

New York Metropolitan Police Force, New York

End of Watch Saturday, November 7, 1863

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John T. Van Buren

Patrolman John Van Buren was violently beaten by a group of men protesting the Civil War Draft while performing riot duty at 3rd Avenue and 46th Street in Manhattan. He died four months later from his injuries.

Patrolman Van Buren was assigned to the 8th precinct, the present-day 17th Precinct.

A total of four officers were killed in riots against President Abraham Lincoln's Civil War Draft.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Monday, July 13, 1863
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available


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Patrolman Van Buren,
On today, the 160th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City.


United States Border Patrol

November 7, 2023

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