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Lincoln's Flying Spies by Gail Jarrow

Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps

Webmaster Lance Ferm with author Gail Jarrow at the National Air and Space Museum (Smithsonian Institute) book signing - June 11, 2011

Jacket Cover Narrative

    On June 1, 1862, Thaddeus Lowe floated a thousand feet above a fierce Civil War battle raging just outside the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. From the wicker basket dangling under his silk hydrogen-filled balloon, the aeronaut telegraphed a message to Northern generals on the ground: Union troops were finally driving back the Confederate forces. Lowe's message was transmitted to the War Department in Washington a hundred miles away, where Abraham Lincoln read his flying spy's good news with relief.

    For two years during the Civil War, a corps of balloonists led by Thaddeus Lowe spied on the Confederate army. The aeronauts counted Rebel soldiers, detected troop movement, and directed artillery fire against enemy positions. Lincoln's Flying Spies tells the exciting story of Lowe's efforts to organize the Balloon Corps and provide valuable intelligence to the Union army, even after the balloons became targets of Confederate shooters and saboteurs. Using Civil War photographs and primary sources - including Lowe's papers in the Library of Congress and the writings of Confederate and Union soldiers - Jarrow reveals the dangers, personality clashes, and other challenges faced by the nation's first air force.

Chapter 1 - Eye in the Sky

Chapter 2 - Following the Clouds

Chapter 3 - Aeronaut Over Washington

Chapter 4 - The Balloon Corps is Born

Chapter 5 - "The Most Shot-At Man in the War"

Chapter 6 - Into Battle

Chapter 7 - The Final Conflict

Chapter 8 - Grounded

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