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What Happened Here in 1861?

This video was filmed during the National Air and Space Museum's "Mr. Lincoln's Air Force" Family Day on Saturday, June 11, 2011. The event commemorated the 150th anniversary of Thaddeus Lowe's tethered ascent in a gas balloon, which attracted the support of President Lincoln and led to the creation of a balloon corps for the Union Army under Lowe's leadership. In this clip Dr. Tom Crouch, senior curator in the National Air and Space Museum's Aeronautics Division, describes the balloon ascension.
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