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They were used by the Federals ( Northerners) in the Civil War for forward-observation purposes. some had wired telegraph links to a ground station, so Morse Code was on the Balloonist"s skills bag. Professor Thaddeus Lowe was primarily responsible for military use of Balloons. He was a civil engineer and founded the Mt. Lowe cable railway in later years.

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