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View of soldiers holding ropes attached to a reconnaissance balloon

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.02.1346 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 carte de visite 6.1 x 10.3 cm

Summary of Content: Image shows approximate twenty-one soldiers holding the ropes attached to a floating balloon. In the background are A-frame tents amid trees, with other figures watching the balloon action. Ink inscription on image "2348." Graphite inscription on verso "Professor Lowe in His Balloon Watching the Battle of Fair Oaks" "2.00--." Photographers imprint on verso: "Published by E. & H. T. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York. Manufacturers of the best Photographic Albums."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks Station)Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesAviationBallooningScience and TechnologyBattle

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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