This PDF booklet focuses on the boys who were as young as 10 and worked onboard vessels in battle. These boys were known as powder boys or powder monkeys. Subjects: Definition of a powder monkey; notable powder monkeys in battle; U.S. Navy blockade (Anaconda Plan); activites on writing a letter to the boys; and the differences between ironclad and frigate ships.
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Images: LC-DIG-stereo-1s04498: Crewmen on frigate: LC-USZC4-7947: Powder Monkey on USS New Hampshire. Both images courtesy of the Library of Congress.