Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Brady, Mathew B. (ca. 1823-1896) Scene at Balloon Camp, Gaines' Hill

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04087 Author/Creator: Brady, Mathew B. (ca. 1823-1896) Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Photograph Date: 1862 June 1 Pagination: 1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 15.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Photograph of Prof. Lowe's balloon ascent during battle of Fair Oaks, near Richmond, Va.

Background Information:


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: AviationBallooningMilitary HistoryCivil WarUnion ForcesBattle

Sub Era: The American Civil War

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources