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Thaddeus Lowe's Balloon Ascent

Creator:
Brady & Co. (Washington, D.C.)
Title:
Thaddeus Lowe's Balloon Ascent
Dates:
May 31, 1862, Civil War, 1861-1865
Notes:
Note that this is a composite image, consisting of the May 31, 1862, stereo view photograph showing people on the ground and the basket of the balloon, with the balloon labeled "Intrepid" drawn in above the original image
Summary:
Image of Thaddeus Lowe's balloon test of the "Intrepid" at the battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia, during the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. Lowe's balloon was used for reconnaissance for the Union Army during the Civil War. Using a telegraph the driver could send a message about Confederate camps and troop movements to soldiers below who then gave the information to Union generals. The test was supported by Smithsonian Institution Secretary Joseph Henry, who served as President Abraham Lincoln's scientific advisor during the war
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Topics:
Ballooning, Telegraph, Hot air balloons, Experiments, Soldiers, Tents, Aeronautics, Fair Oaks, Battle of, Va., 1862, Balloon ascensions, History
Subjects:
Lowe, T. S. C (Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt) 1832-1913, Henry, Joseph 1797-1878, Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865, Intrepid (Hot Air Balloon)
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Places:
United States, Virginia
Form/Genre:
Event, Photographic print, Group, candid
Local Number:
SIA2011-0961 and A30915H
Physical Description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Full Record:
http://siris-sihistory.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?&profile=all&source=~!sichronology&uri=full=3100001~!12871~!0#focus
Thaddeus Lowe's Balloon Ascent, by Brady & Co. (Washington, D.C.), May 31, 1862, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-0961 and A30915H.

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