The Greenpoint Monitor Museum "Road Show"

PS 84 Jose De Diego School

May 5, 2006

PS 84 Jose De Diego School

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Welcome from the Fourth Grade.



Johnny Clem was born in Ohio in 1851. After his
mother died, he ran away from home to join the army.
He discovered that the army was not interested
in 9-year-old boys, but he still tagged along.
The men adopted him as their drummer boy.
As he was not officially enrolled in the army,
the officers chipped in to pay his $13 a month salary.
He later was officially enlisted intoCompany C, 22nd Michigan,
and received his own pay. At the Battle of Shiloh
his drum was smashed by cannon fire. After this battle
he became known as "Johnny Shiloh". At the
Battle Of Chickamauga, Johnny rode an artillery caisson
to the front and held a musket that was trimmed to his size.
A Confederate officer ran after the cannon he rode with,
and said, "Surrender you little Yankee!"
Johnny fired his musket, wounded the officer and took
him prisoner. After this battle he was called the
"Drummer Boy of Chickamauga". President U.S. Grant
appointed Johnny to the Army military academy at
West Point, but Johnny did not have the neccessary
academic background. Since he had been fighting
the Civil War instead of going to school, Johnny
failed to pass the entrance exam. In 1871
President Grant decided to appoint Johnny
as a 2nd lieutenant with the 24th Infantry-a black unit.
Johnny retired from the army in 1915 with the rank
of major general. Johnny Clem died at the age of 85
in San Antonio, Texas in 1937. He was buried at
Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.



 Julius Langbein was in the same regiment as
George's Great Grandfather who was in the
9th New York Volunteers Hawkins Zouaves.
At 15 years old Julius became a drummer boy.
Under heavy fire he helped a wounded officer
by taking him to safety. He saved the officer's life.
For this act of courage he won the MEDAL OF HONOR.

Julius Langbein is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
A statue of him as a drummer boy is in front of his grave site.
The statue was stolen. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
put a notice in the newspaper about the stolen statue.
A cab driver, while waiting for the light, noticed the photo in
the newspaper. Then he noticed some men carrying the statue
from a truck to an antique store. He called the police and the
statue was rescued and brought back to the cemetery.




John Ericsson invented a steam fire engine.  This fire engine runs by steam.  It has a boiler.  Water is boiled in the boiler making the steam that runs the engine. (86kb) At the beginning of the Civil War the US Navy had wooden frigates.  These ships were made of wood and needed the wind the their sails to move.  They were deep in the water so they would not tip over.  They had guns on their two sides. (92kb) The USS Monitor was built in Greenpoint.  It was designed by John Ericsson.  It was made of iron.  It was not deep in the water because it did not have sails.  It had a steam engine.  It had a turret with two guns that would rotate.  With the turret the USS Monitor could shoot in all directions without turning. (87kb) The Confederates cut off the sails of a Union sailing frigate (the USS Merrimac) and covered the ship with iron.  They called their new ship the CSS Virginia.  The Css Virginia was destroying the Union Naval fleet of wooden ships.  The USS Monitor stopped the CSS Virginia and helped save the Union. (110kb)
The captain was in the Uss Monitor's Pilot House. (87kb) Stonewall was a Confederate mascot.  The soldiers with Stonewall are wearing gray uniforms and are carrying a Confederate flag. (96kb) Old Abe was a Union mascot.  He was in 37 battles.  After the war the Civil War veterans took Old Abe to parades.  They collected money for the Civil War orphans whose fathers died during the war. (104kb) Johnny Clem was only 9 years old when he became a Union drummer boy. (94kb)
PS84 has many recruits. (89kb) A Confederate in a gray uniform was found in the group.   (107kb) ps84y0506k.jpg (106kb) ps84y0506l.jpg (104kb)
We have two sailors in the group. (103kb) A recruit with a red zouave fez. (100kb) This recruit is almost ready for action. (55kb) Recruits taking a break. (61kb)
ps84y0506q.jpg (92kb) Arthur sings a soldier's song. (94kb) After many years it was found that Old Abe was really a girl bird.  She made some girlfriends in the class. (108kb) Old Abe has made even more friends.  Old Abe helped the ladies in their fight for women's rights. (65kb)
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P.S. 110 - Learn About the USS Monitor
P.S. 161M - Learn About General Ulysses S. Grant
St. Stanislaus Kostka School - Learn About Gen. Wladimir Krzyzanowski (a Polish immigrant)
John Ericsson Junior High School - Learn About John Ericsson (a Swedish immigrant)
P.S. 34 - Learn About the Discovery of the USS Monitor
St. Cecilia School - Learn about Civil War Mascots
P.S. 31 - Learn about the Vivandiere, French Mary (a French immigrant)
St. Anthony of Padua School - Learn about Zouaves
P.S. 84 - Learn about Johnny Clem, children in the Civil War
P.S. 196 - Learn about the 54th Massachusetts & the Black soldiers of the Civil War
St. Anthony of Padua School - Civil War Music

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