Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Wayne County Public Library
220 W Liberty St, Wooster, Ohio 44691
We are honored to have retired Army Special Forces Major, Kevin Knapp from Northern Virginia, come to present Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, Chief Aeronaut, of the Army of the Potomac’s Balloon Corps! Knapp was asked by the National Balloon Society to portray Lowe. Knapp was an actual hot air balloon pilot and served as MC at the Hall of Fame Balloon Festival! He is a very active member of the Civil War Heritage Foundation! Knapp’s portrayal of Thaddeus Lowe has been featured at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the National Civil War Museum, by the US National Park Service Civil War Defense of Washington, and many others! He was also featured in the 2006 History Channel’s “Man, Moment, and Machine’s” segment on Civil War Ballooning called “Lincoln’s Flying Spy Machine.”
Balloons were used for surveillance and reconnaissance during the Civil War by the Union Army from 1861 through 1863 and by the Confederate Army in 1862. The North made over 3,000 ascensions with seven balloons. In this presentation you will learn about the first air to ground telegraph, the first field hydrogen generators, the first air directed artillery fire, the first air craft carrier, the first time two opposing forces had aircraft in the air at the same time, and the beginning of U.S. Military Aviation."