Hi @Bob171 ! I'm so glad to see you have gotten back into painting and exploring American Civil War subjects. I always enjoy seeing your work. I hope you'll stick around and continue sharing your talent.
You captured a lot of era flavor! Before it dawned on me these are by a current artist, I thought someone was posting work by one the eye witness, soldier/artists from 150 years ago. When ( if, Christmas season is ridiculous ) I have time, will dig up a few. Seriously, these could have been by one of them. Cool stuff, thank you!
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Regarding the 'Title' "Hot Air Balloon", THE ONLY 'Hot Air Balloon' that operated during the Civil War was the first balloon used by the Confederates which went aloft just 3 times in April 1862. You can read Captain John Randolph Bryan's thoughts about the adventure in volume 33 of the Southern Historical Papers beginning on page 32:
EVERY OTHER Civil War Balloon (12 by the Union and 2 by the Confederates) used the Lighter than Air Gas "City Gas", also known as "Coal Gas", or "Hydrogen" for lift (while it wasn't used in balloons in the 1860's think of a helium balloon you'd purchase in a grocery store . . . . ZERO HEAT REQUIRED)