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Teenager enlists in the Union Army in 1862. It becomes a law enforcement and counterespionage story
Orphaned at 16, Johnny joins the Army in Lower Manhattan. After some training he is assigned to the Irish Brigade. Wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg he convalesces in a hospital in Washington. Assigned to provost duty he disrupts an assassination attempt on a cabinet member. Co-opted by the National Detective Service, he goes undercover to infiltrate the conspirators
A formation of blue-clad soldiers ranged line abreast between the ships and the recruitment area. Their eyes sifted through the voyage-weary immigrants who disembarked on the Hudson River dock, targeting men not accompanied by families. The soldiers hustled those loners from the debarkation planks to an open shed with a constant drum-fire of enticements. "Right this way, get steady pay, warm clothing and three meals a day."