War of the Aeronauts by Charles Evans

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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.

About Charles Evans

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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.
Published July 10, 2002 by Stackpole Books. 368 pages
Genres: History, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Working against a hidebound military uninterested in balloons, Lowe managed to convince President Lincoln of their possible military uses and became the head of a small group of aeronauts who worked with the Union Army of the Potomac.

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