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Brady & Co. (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Lowe, T. S. C (Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt) 1832-1913  Search this
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865  Search this
Intrepid (Hot Air Balloon)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Photographic print
Group, candid
United States
May 31, 1862
Civil War, 1861-1865
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
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.
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.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 54, Folder: 9D
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,
Ballooning  Search this
Telegraph  Search this
Hot air balloons  Search this
Experiments  Search this
Soldiers  Search this
Tents  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Fair Oaks, Battle of, Va., 1862  Search this
Balloon ascensions  Search this
History  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-0961 and A30915H
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div