Chief Aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe

The Civil War saw warfare brought to the air.  Perhaps the foremost American balloonist prior to the War, Thaddeus Lowe, with the title of Chief Aeronaut, was placed in charge of the Union Army Balloon Corps.  Despite the title, the Army command was skeptical of the military use of balloons, and the Balloon Corps was a civilian organization, with the balloonists having no military rank.  Lowe rendered valuable reconnaissance service in the Peninsula Campaign, with aerial observations during the Battle of Seven Pines. (more…)

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