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meaning of. Abraham Lincoln was very interested in using balloons
and other new devices in the Civil War.
Thaddeus Lowe had a similar beginning to President
Lincoln. He was born and raised in a poor frontier farmer life.
Lowe would become a chemistry professor, and a 19th century aeronaut
(balloon flyer). He would make enough living to be able to gain a
Thaddeus was interested in meteorology, the study of
winds and clouds. When the Civil War started he realized he could
serve the Union by using a balloon to gather information on
Confederate troop movements from the sky.
In July 1861 Lowe was appointed Chief Aeronaut of
Union Army Balloon
Corps by President
Though his work was generally successful, it was not fully
appreciated by all members of the military, and disputes over his
operations and pay scale forced him to resign in 1863. Lowe returned
to the private sector and continued his scientific exploration of
hydrogen gas manufacturing. He invented the
process by which large amounts of hydrogen gas could be produced
from steam and charcoal. He is given credit for the first ice
From "A personal reminiscence by Professor T. S. C. Lowe, who
and made balloon observations on the Peninsula for the Union
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