Complaint of James B. Fitzgerald of Hose 36 vs. Ira M. Clapp of Hose 26 -
March 6, 1861. Clapp was a caulker by trade, and resided at 456 Grand Street.
He was appointed to the Fire Department on February 15, 1858.
James B. Fitzgerald, Hose 36
"At an alarm of fire, Sunday February 26 as we was going up Chatham Hill,
Clapp hit me on the back with his horn and said get out of the way you Son
of a B. After I reached the fire I told the Chief of it in presence of Clapp
and he (Clapp) said I lied and hit me again."
John Decker, Chief Engineer
"At alarm refered to I followed both Co. & when I stopped I saw a crowd
on the walk and Fitzgerald said to me here the man that hit me, meaning Clapp.
At that Clapp said he lied and he hit him. I saw no provocation for it."
James F. Winnan, Engine 57
"Was present at the affair refered to. See Fitzgerald and heard him tell
the Chief that Clapp hit. At that Clapp said you lie you Son of a B. and
Owen McCullough, Hose 26
"See Clapp first in Chatham Square. Saw Fitzgerald and heard him tell Chief
that Clapp hit him. Clapp was across the street at the time and came over
and told Fitzgerald that he lied and hit at him. He was about 9 feet from
Fitzgerald at the time. Did not see Clapp hit Fitzgerald on Chatham Square."
Ira M. Clapp, Hose