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Posted on May 12, 2004 in War College

Balloons in the American Civil War

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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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