Attack on Staten Island Quarantine


A “Pestilence in our midst.” For years Staten Island residents vainly protested the existence of the quarantine hospital. . . . Finally, on the evening of September 11, 1858, it was reported that scores of “disguised and armed residents” seized the hospital, removed the patients, and burned down the buildings.

From Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, August 30, 1856.

(Caption from William D Griffin, A Portrait of the Irish in America, 1981.)