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The balloonist : the story of T.S.C. Lowe-- inventor, scientist, magician, and father of the U.S. Air Force / Stephen Poleskie.
Poleskie, Steve, 1938-
Savannah, GA : Frederic C. Beil, c2007.
xiii, 338 p. ; 25 cm.
Lowe, T. S. C. (Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt), 1832-1913
United States. Army
Civil War, 1861-1865
Includes bibliographical references (p. 336-338).
Prologue : A brief history of ballooning, or How war was taken to the air -- The Great Western takes to the air -- Lowe's early life, and things to come -- A magic show, a bride, and a balloon -- A new balloon, an ascension in Canada, and a boast of flying the Atlantic -- A New York failure, a move to Philadelphia, a death in the family -- From Cincinnati to the Atlantic Ocean, perhaps -- Two close calls, heading home, the South mobilizes -- Back in the U.S.A., on to Canada, still hopeful, an invitation from the President -- Called to action, competition, the Army runs away -- A rash decision, a crash, to the rescue -- A note from Lincoln, a burst balloon, McClellan -- A quite time for the war, Lowe prepares, a deadly experiment -- Chain bridge, a runaway balloon, the Orphan Corps -- The balloon boat, Camp Lowe, on the move -- On to Yorktown, lost, General Porter goes for a ride -- A cannon explodes, the rebels retreat, a boat trip -- Visitors from France, an execution, on to Richmond -- McClellan waits, a kettle, delirium -- The hospital, Savage's station, going home -- To home and back, called up, Fredericksburg -- The stone wall, defeat, blame, a resignation -- The second Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the end for the Balloon Corps -- To the mountains and back, aeronautic amphitheatre, more inventions -- Time for a change, California, new mountains to climb -- More projects, planet airship, Leontine dies, remembered.
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