Lincoln's Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps

Lincoln's Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps

by Gail Jarrow
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Lincoln's Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps by Gail Jarrow

On June 1, 1862, Thaddeus Lowe floated above a fierce Civil War battle in a silk hydrogen balloon. From the wicker basket dangling a thousand feet above ground, he telegraphed a message to Northern generals on the ground: Union troops were finally driving back the Confederate forces. Lowe's message was transmitted to the War Department in Washington, where President Abraham Lincoln read his flying spy's good news with relief. For two years during the Civil War, a corps of balloonists led by Thaddeus Lowe spied on the Confederate army. They counted rebel soldiers, detected troop movement, and directed artillery fire against enemy positions. Lowe and his aeronauts provide valuable intelligence to the Union army, even after the balloons became targets of Confederate shooters and saboteurs. Using Civil War photographs and primary sources—including Lowe's papers in the Library of Congress and the writings of Confederate and Union soldiers—Jarrow reveals the dangers, personality clashes, and other challenges faced by the nation's first air force in this Voice of Youth Advocates Nonfiction Honor List book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590787199
Publisher: Highlights Press
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gail Jarrow is the author of Robert H. Jackson: New Deal Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, Nuremberg Prosecutor and The Printer's Trail: The Case of John Peter Zenger and the Fight for a Free Press, as well as other award-winning books for children and young adults. Her articles and stories have appeared in various children's magazines, including Highlights for Children, Cricket, Muse, Spider, Cobblestone, and Faces.

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Lincoln's Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book caught my eye for its seemingly historical educational purpose, with an interesting topic. And that is just what it delivered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Lincoln's Flying Spies to be a compelling read, appropriate for adults and young adults alike. This is more than just a character sketch of an intriguing historical figure. As we follow Thaddeus Lowe and his balloons, we're given a front row seat to watch the Civil War unfold. An engaging and fresh way to learn about an important time in the history of the United States, this book is sure to capture the attention of Civil War enthusiasts, teenagers in school, and even just casual readers looking for an interesting read. Jarrow's clear and succinct language is accessible for young adults, while the content and historical insight is engaging enough for an older reader. Well-chosen historical documents and photos spice up the read. You'll even find gems in the captions, such as information about Abe Lincoln's patent and the origin of sideburns. I definitely recommend this excellent book!