Professor Lowe's BalloonsAt the beginning of the war, Union commanders were uncertain of Confederate intentions and military capabilities. On June 22, 1861, civilian balloonist Thaddeus S.C. Lowe inflated his racing balloon Enterprise at the Washington Gas Company to demonstrate its potential in obtaining military information about Confederate troop movements. With the assistance of a 15-man army detachment, he walked the balloon to Taylor's Tavern at the edge of Union territory on the Falls Church heights. On June 24-25, Lowe made several tethered ascents, the first aerial reconnaissance in American military history.
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 312744 N 4305105|
|Decimal Degrees||38.87486667, -77.15860000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 52.492', W 77° 9.516'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 52' 29.52" N, 77° 9' 30.96" W|
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|Area Code(s)||202, 703|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 400-498 N Roosevelt St, Falls Church VA 22044, US|
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