When his father is killed fighting for the Union in the War Between the States, thirteen-year-old Tom Carroll must take a job to help support his family. He manages to find work at a bustling ironworks in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where dozens of men are frantically pounding together... read more
Tom Carroll is a 13-year-old boy who lives in Brooklyn, New York. When his father dies in the Civil War for the Union, his mother, sister, and himself lose there money. The only solution is for Tom to get a job and the only job available was working on an iron clad in navy yard where they... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Tom Carroll is a 13-year-old boy who lives in Brooklyn, New York. When his father dies in the Civil War for the Union, his mother, sister, and himself lose there money. The only solution is for Tom to get a job and the only job available was working on an iron clad in navy yard where they build a ship Tom Carroll has never seen before.
Tom's boss is John Ericsson who is pretty much the only person who thinks the iron is going to float. People thought that the idea was crazy so they called it Ericsson's Folly. Later, when it is proved to float it is official named the Monitor, because it means a teacher and the Monitor is going to teach the Confederates huge iron clad, The Merrrimac a lesson.Being an assistant for John Ericsson he had to be ahware of Confederate spies like Mr. Quinn who tries to bribe Tom with gold dollars, but Tom does not say a word. Later, Tom tells his friend Garret about this man and Garret's uncle who is a cop arrests him the night the Monitor leaves for battle.
It ends up that Tom is going to to battle with Mr. Ericsson and they hit a terrible storm on there way out to battle but all is good. The Monitor must protect the immobile Minnisota by taking bullets for it and driving the Merrimac away for the Minnisota and it succseeded.Both sides retreated but the Union a little earlier. When the Monitor gets home there are tons of dents in the iron but no one was killed during the battle. Tom later served a little bit more in battle but returned safely to his family.
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