Intrepid Balloon
View of balloon ascension. Prof. Thaddeus Lowe observing the Battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks from his balloon “Intrepid” on the north side of the Chickahominy. (Photo Credit: Public Domain)

H/T War History OnLine. How many people are aware of this historical fact? An air balloon and gunfire is not something you’d usually want to mix together, but the Union Army certainly did so with respectable results during the American Civil War. They were operated by the Balloon Corps, which used them as primitive platforms […]

Civil War Air Balloons, Existed And Had Their Own Corp — depolreablesunite