Union Army observation balloon grounded due…

The following is an article by author Malachi Alvord van Kirk from the September 1861 issue of Duffel Blog’s Civil War-era predecessor, The Knapsack Gazette. FORT CORCORAN, Va. — Union Army Balloon Corps chief Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe recently had to ground his observation balloon due to the occurrence of lightning within five nautical miles of post.

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