"most shot-at man in the war"

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"most shot-at man in the war" The nickname for Professor Thaddeus Lowe, a civilian paid a colonel's salary, who organized and led the Balloon Corps of the Union army. Lowe piloted his observation balloons 1000 feet over Confederate positions, well out of the range of gunfire, but Rebels could not resist continuous shooting at such a large, slow-moving target.

From The Language of the Civil War by John D. Wright page 197.
 
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