Archive for the Tag 'Thaddeus Lowe'


Porter on the Pensinsula: The Height of a Career

Union General Fitz John Porter unintentionally entertained troops on both sides during the seige of Yorktown.     When war became a certainty, Thaddeus Lowe, an avid hot-air balloonist, offered his services to the United States Army for reconnaissance and observation. Part self-educated scientist, part shameless showman, Lowe staged a series of tethered flights around Washington to promote the potential of aerial surveillance.  Having equipped his […]