Discussion Observation Balloons @ Edwards Ferry

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TSCLowe

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In December 1861, Professor Thaddeus Lowe, U.S. Chief of Aeronauts, established a base at Edwards Ferry, Maryland for frequent balloon assents to observe Confederate movements across the river near Leesburg, Virginia. Although the Confederates attempted camouflage and concealment, the balloon reconnaissance proved fruitful and continued until March 1862.

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The November 9, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly contained this picture of "Our Army, at Edward's Ferry, across from Leesburg (VA)"

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This marker describes the history of Edward's Ferry as a strategic crossing between Maryland and Virginia. The yellow highlighted area on the right describes Balloon Corps activities.

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In December 1861, Professor Thaddeus Lowe, U.S. Chief of Aeronauts, established a base here for frequent balloon assents to observe Confederate movements across the river near Leesburg. Although the Confederates attempted camouflage and concealment, the balloon reconnaissance proved fruitful and continued until March 1862. Gen. Charles P. Stone, commanding Federal troops camped nearby, made at least one ascent himself.

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This historical marker is at the main road leading down to the waterfront crossing.

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The lock house (r) and and part of the general store (l) are the only buildings left on site.

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Looking across the Potomac to Leesburg, VA.

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Opposite Edward’s Ferry in Virginia is the present day River Creek Country Club, adjacent to the mouth of Goose Creek.

Respectfully Submitted,

TSC Lowe, Aeronaut
 
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