The Last Civil War Aeronaut
Thaddeus S.C. Lowe: The man who floated above Union battles in a balloon.
Photograph courtesty of the Library of Congress.
In the third episode of our monthly audio series “Civil War Stories,” radio producer Nate DiMeo tells the story of Thaddeus S.C. Lowe, one of a tiny handful of people who watched (and took part in) the Civil War from a unique vantage point high overhead. Lowe was a Union army balloonist. Listen using the player below:
“Civil War Stories” is a collaboration between Slate and “The Memory Palace,” DiMeo’s long-running podcast that unearths forgotten historical gems. The series will appear monthly during this sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War. Nate DiMeo is a co-author of Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America.
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