Genl Porter's balloon trip almost ended in disaster when it broke free and drifted over the rebel lines. Luckily the wind shifted and he landed safely.Anything to do with Civil War balloons is absolutely fraught with comedy.
Reviving this thread to say that Fighting for the Confederacy's preface says that Military Memoirs is FftC with the personal parts removed. Alexander wrote FftC for his kids, then decided it ought to be published as a military history. So he went through and deleted personal references -- which, IMO, are the best part of the book. FftC, in turn, went unpublished for decades.Is there any difference at all between Fighting for the Confederacy and Military Memoirs of a Confederate?