The War of the Aeronauts: A History of Ballooning During the Civil War

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Stackpole Books, 2002 - History - 358 pages
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The Union Army Balloon Corps holds a significant place in the annals of Civil War and military history. From 1861 to 1863 the corps contributed invaluable surveillance and reconnaissance information to the Union Army's war effort during the Virginia campaign. It also accomplished such significant military feats as the initial air-to-ground communication by telegraph, the first use of the "aircraft carrier" for launch of the balloon, and the first artillery barrage directed by an aerial observer where gun batteries were unable to see their targets from the ground. This book traces the history of the intrepid airborne force, from its creation by pioneer balloonist Thaddeus Lowe to its unceremonious disbanding in 1863.

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A compelling and finely written account of an oft forgotten aspect to the American Civil war and aviation history. Evans crafts a fascinating narrative packed with adventure, intrigue and not a small ... Read full review

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User Review  - Greg Collver - Goodreads

Great book! A good read for anyone interested in early days of aeronautics. A good about perseverance and how bold new ideas develop over time. Read full review

About the author (2002)

Charles Evans is the resident artist for Tyne Tees Television, and has filmed 70 art techniques programs which are broadcast in the UK. He runs various at courses and is a regular contributor to "Artists & Illustrators. He lives in Acklington, Northumberland, England.

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