|Founding location||Five Points, Manhattan, New York City|
|Territory||Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City|
|Criminal activities||street fighting, knife fighting, assault, murder, robbery|
|Allies||Forty Thieves, Roach Guards, Tammany Hall Chichesters, Dead Rabbits,|
|Rivals||Bowery Boys, Atlantic Guards|
The Shirt Tails were a mid-19th-century street gang based in the Five Points slum in Manhattan, New York, United States, who wore their shirts on the outside of their pants as 19th-century Chinese laborers would dress as a form of insignia and as a sign of gang group affiliation. Members kept their weapons—as many as three or four at a time—concealed beneath their shirts; this discreet measure stands in contrast to competing gangs who flaunted their weapons in order to intimidate.
Never numbering more than a few hundred members, the Shirt Tails, like many other gangs, disappeared shortly before the American Civil War (although they did participate in a coalition of gangs under the Dead Rabbits and fought against the Bowery Boys during the New York Draft Riots), with its remaining members dissipating or joining other Irish gangs.
|This New York City–related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|