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US Civil War observation balloon

US Civil War observation balloon

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

US Civil War observation balloon. Soldiers are holding the balloon's basket down with ropes. This is the balloon Intrepid, being used by Professor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe (1831-1913) to observe the battle at Fair Oaks, Virginia, on 31 May 1861, during the Peninsula Campaign of the US Civil War (1861-1865). Lowe's observations of the Confederate armies helped to save one of the Union armies from defeat. Despite the successes, problems led to Lowe's Balloon Corps being disbanded in 1863.

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