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Those Union balloons

The brigade’s picket duty in Fredericksburg finally became routine and the soldiers were comfortably situated in some occupied homes and some devastated ones. 17th Mississippi Private Robert A. Moore “impressed” two mattresses for his accommodations. He also recorded the sighting … Continue reading

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Aerial Reconnaissance

Professor Thaddeus Lowe, balloonist-leader of the Union’s Aeronautics Corps, ascended from Stafford Heights to provide intelligence on the battle. “…General Burnside…desired the balloon should not be shown to the enemy till he was ready to cross the river. On the … Continue reading

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