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Professor Thaddeus Lowe Making a Balloon Ascension on a Reconnoitering Mission

Black-and white illustration, from the December 14, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly magazine, showing a hot air balloon about to take off for a reconnaissance survey while soldiers watch from the sidelines.

Caption: Professor [Thaddeus S.C.] Lowe Making a Balloon Ascension on a Reconnoitering Mission to Vienna, [Virginia] – Sketched by our special artist. – [See page 791 for related story.]

Source: Illustration from Harper's Weekly, December 14, 1861, page 790.

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Last Updated: December 19, 2011