John Erickson


John Ericsson's broad-shouldered charm is evident in the portrait above by Thomas Rossiter. The Swedish-born inventor's ability was disputed by conservatives in the U.S. Navy--particularly after a gun on his Princeton exploded killing two Cabinet members. (U.S. Naval Academy Museum)


Donovan, Frank R. Ironclads of the Civil War. New York: American Heritage Publishing
Co., 1964. p.36.