Balloons in the American Civil War
Another "Silk Dress Balloon" was constructed and went into service at Richmond in the fall of 1862. It provided aerial observations from its post until the summer of 1863 when it escaped in a high wind and was captured by Union troops.
The war balloon at General McDowell’s headquarters preparing for a reconnaissance.
Hoehling, Mary Duprey. Thaddeus Lowe, America’s One-Man Air Corps. N.Y.: Messner, 1958.
Rolt, L.T.C. The Aeronauts: A History of Ballooning – 1783-1903. N.Y.: Walker and Company, 1966.
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The National Air and Space Museum sponsored a ceremony to mark the 150th annivesrsary of Professor Lowe’s demonstration on the National Mall of his balloon to President Lincoln. Pictures of the event can be found at http://civilwarwashingtondc1861-1865.blogspot.com/2011/06/lincolns-air-force-and-advent-of-aerial.html