PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE

THE CIVIL WAR YEARS

Letter from Thaddeus Lowe to Professor Joseph Henry

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Excerpts from Letter from Thaddeus Lowe to Joseph Henry, July 15, 1863:

    To.

        Professor Joseph Henry

                Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

                                 Washington, D.C.

    Dear Sir.

                    I beg pardon for troubling you with

my affairs connected with the Government but in as

much as the first operations of Balloons for Military

purposes were under your immediate supervision,

and you being acquainted with the fact that these

experiments were made with my own machinery and

subsequently used in the field by order of Captain

A. W. Whipple later Gen'l Whipple now dead and

from whom I can get no assistance, I hope that

you will find it consistent to furnish to the Hon. Secre-

tary of War such a statement as will satisfy him

of the truthfulness of my claims.  In order that you

may know what my claims are and judge of their

correctness I enclose them with this letter.

        The way I now stand in relation to my employment with the government

 is this... The amount I have received for service has barely supported my

family at home and myself in the field.  For want of a proper investigation of

the advantages of my branch of science and proper organization of the

Department its use has been suspended, which throws me out of employment too

late in the season to resume my former enterprise, besides which my health is

considerably impaired by hard work and constant exposure in the field - while

in the government employ I have managed my Department, with the strictest

economy and with the very best of faith and did all that I possibly could for

the cause in which we were engaged.

        My report shows this and also the great value of my services on

several particular occasions in testimony of which I have letters from Major

Generals Heintzelman and Stoneman and shall soon have obtained a dozen others

from Generals who have used the balloons...

        As things now stand, I hope at least to be able to obtain the amount

contained in the accompanying accounts and the one already at the War

Department for the approval of the Hon. Secretary of War the whole amounting

to about three thousand

dollars.  Should I meet with much delay in getting

this amount it will probably defeat the object for

which I have been laboring for many years, and

will consequently put me to much distress.  Again,

asking your pardon for troubling you.  Knowing as

I do, that in addition to your labors at the

Smithsonian Institution, that much of your time

is occupied in rendering valuable scientific service

in the General Government.

                        I remain with great respect

                        Your ever obd't servant

                                T. S. C. Lowe

                                          Aeronaut

                                    No 1617 Race St.


INDEX PAGE

BEFORE THE WAR

CIVIL WAR YEARS

INVENTIONS AND INDUSTRY

NORRISTOWN PENNSYLVANIA YEARS

PASADENA CALIFORNIA YEARS

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY

AFTER THE RAILWAY

LOWE FAMILY

BOOKS ABOUT LOWE

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

EVENTS AND REUNIONS

ARTIFACTS AND HISTORY

ENCYCLOPEDIA BIOGRAPHY

ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS

LINKS TO OTHER THADDEUS LOWE WEBSITES