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The War of the Aeronauts: The History of Ballooning in the Civil War

Evans, Charles M.

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ISBN 10: 0811713954 / ISBN 13: 9780811713955
Published by Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, USA., 2002
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NEW/FINE. Green boards, red spine. SIGNED by AUTHOR with inscription to friends, on red ffep. Rare signed. [B92]. Bookseller Inventory # 010687

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Title: The War of the Aeronauts: The History of ...

Publisher: Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, USA.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: FIRST.

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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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Charles M. Evans has written several articles about ballooning and the history of flight for such publications as Civil War Times Illustrated, American History, and Aviation. He was the founding curator of the Hiller Air Museum in Redwood City, California, where he served from 1990 to 1995. He currently resides in Reno, Nevada.

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