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    Powder Monkey Onboard the USS New Hampshire


The Library of Congress has many historic photos from the Civil War period including this one in their American Memory Collection, selected photos from the Civil War. This is a very unique photo which is extremely rich in nautical detail. The youth in the photo is labeled as a `Powder Monkey` which is his job description. He carried the bagged powder charge contained in a spark-proof `pass-box`from the ship`s magazine below water-line up to the guns above. His official U.S. Navy rating was that of `Boy`, starting with 3rd Class through 1st Class. Because Navy historical records indicate that, during the Civil War, this ship was armed with only 100 Pdr. Parrott Rifles and 9 Inch Dahlgren Shell Guns, it is reasonable to call that gun a 100 Pdr. Parrott behind the young sailor. 200 Pdr. Parrott Rifles were not mounted on the Marsilly Carriage like the one pictured, but rather the shifting pivot carriage. The naval percussion lock is in place as is the thick `breeching` hawser to limit recoil as well as a very unique `Cutlass Locker` so the crew could `prepare to repel boarders`. The hatchet on the left cheek of the gun-carriage could also be useful in this regard.

 


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