PROFESSOR T.S.C. LOWE

Balloons of the Civil War by Steven D. Culpepper

Balloons of the Civil War by Steven D. Culpepper

The greatest limitation to the study of Civil war balloon operations stems from the mere two-year existence of the Union balloon coprs and one year for Confederate activity. The technical difficulties experienced at the outset of the conflict prevented balloons from getting to the battle of First Manassas. Some of the communications at Fredericksburg were telegraphed or shouted and never recorded. Other communications at Fredericksburg were simply lost since the balloon corps was not assigned in a regular sense to the chain of command, but rather loosely attached for administristrative purposes to various other organizations within the Union army. The balloons were unable to follow the Union army to Antietam for want of wagons. 2 Primary source documents are limited to skechy coverage of Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe's correspondence throughout the period. Confederate sources are confined to journals recorded several years after the events that occurred during the Peninsular campaign. Therefore, this paper will focus on the available material prior to and including the Peninsular and Chancellorsville compaigns in which both sides conducted offensive operations while employing their respective balloons.

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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

LOWE FAMILY

BOOKS ABOUT LOWE

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

EVENTS AND REUNIONS

ARTIFACTS AND HISTORY

ENCYCLOPEDIA BIOGRAPHY

ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS

LINKS TO OTHER THADDEUS LOWE WEBSITES