Sunday Excitement

The orderly city of Newport, Ky., was thrown into excitement on Sunday by a collision between a party of thirty soldiers of the U. S. Garrison in that place, and a number of boys and firemen.  It appears that during the week, some petty difference had arisen among some boys and a few of the soldiers.  One Sunday night about 7 o'clock, a party from the Garrison made an attack with stones upon a drunken man whose screams called out the citizens, when the boys rung the fire bells, and the crowd assembled fell upon the men of Uncle Sam, chased them down Belleview street and drove them and the guard into the Garrison.  The police officers made every effort to prevent difficulty; after driving the solders back to the4 barracks, the crowd quietly dispersed.


from the New York Times, February 28, 1853