PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE

THE CIVIL WAR YEARS

Confederate High Regard for Aerial Reconnaissance: 1861-1864

Confederate General G.T. Beauregard's comment on Federal balloon ascensions.

Civil War Official Record - November 13, 1861

Civil War Official Record - November 13, 1861

 

Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's comment on Federal aerial reconnaissance.

Civil War Official Record - December 5, 1861

 

Confederate use of a balloon for aerial reconnaissance at Savannah, Georgia.

Civil War Official Record - May 10, 1862

 

Confederate Secretary of War George Randolph's effort to supply General Johnston with a balloon.

Civil War Official Record - May 14, 1862

 

Confederate General G.T. Beauregard's fear of Federal aerial reconnaissance.

Civil War Official Record - May 28, 1862

Civil War Official Record - May 28, 1862

 

Confederate General James Longstreet advocating the use of a balloon for reconnaissance.

    When Joseph Johnston fell wounded at the battle of Seven Pines at the end of May, 1862, the next Southern commander to take up the cause of ballooning was James Longstreet. "The Federals had been using balloons in examining our positions," recalled General Longstreet. "And we watched with anxious eyes their beautiful observations as they floated out of range of our guns." It was determined that the antiquated cotton balloon that Bryan had operated near Yorktown would not be suitable for continued use. Longstreet's recollection of how the Army of Northern Virginia acquired its second balloon would go down as one of the most enduring legends of the Confederacy.

    "While we were longing for the balloon that poverty denied us, a genius arose for the occasion and suggested that we send out and gather all the silk dresses in the Confederacy and make a balloon. It was done; and soon we had a great patchwork ship of many and varied hues which was ready for use in the Seven Days' campaign." War of the Aeronauts, page 203.

 

Confederate General Robert E. Lee's report to the Secretary of War George Randolph on his battle plan and use of a balloon.

Civil War Official Record - June 26, 1862

 

Confederate General G.T. Beauregard's suggestions on the defense of Charleston, South Carolina.

Civil War Official Record - July 25, 1862

 

Confederate General French's moving of artillery under the cover of night to avoid discovery by the Federal balloon.

Civil War Official Record - July 31, 1862

 

General Grant being notified of Confederate aerial reconnaissance.

Civil War Official Record - October 13, 1864

 

Report of a Confederate balloon being spotted from Cobb's Hill.

Civil War Official Record - October 21, 1864

 

Report of a Confederate balloon being spotted by General A.A. Humphreys.

Civil War Official Record - December 13, 1864

Webmaster note: Ironically, General Andrew Atkinson Humphreys was in charge of the U.S. Balloon Corps in 1862.

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BEFORE THE WAR

CIVIL WAR YEARS

INVENTIONS AND INDUSTRY

NORRISTOWN PENNSYLVANIA YEARS

PASADENA CALIFORNIA YEARS

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY

AFTER THE RAILWAY

BOOKS ABOUT LOWE

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

EVENTS AND REUNIONS

ARTIFACTS AND HISTORY

ENCYCLOPEDIA BIOGRAPHY

ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS

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