Hot Air Balloons...

Discussion in 'Civil War' started by LeadedOnly, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. LeadedOnly

    LeadedOnly New Member

    I just saw a Civil War picture of a hot air balloon. Were they used for observation purposes, or did they actually use them offensively?
  2. LooSiuni

    LooSiuni New Member

    Depends the where... Somewhere they can be offensively.
  3. RcNu

    RcNu Member

    Hmm I had to think about that for a minute.
    That is a tricky question.
    I think they were just used for observation, because most of the war was fought with brutal gun to gun/hand to hand combat.

    Fancy thangs(for the southerners) like hot air balloons would have been shot down with the quickness.
  4. tripletaker

    tripletaker New Member

    Yeah I doubt they were used for war because hot air balloons are just simply unsuited for war as they'd get shot down within seconds. They may have been just used for observational purposes or sending out signals over large distances.
  5. skyblue

    skyblue Active Member

    I've heard of them but not seen a picture. Yeah, I think observation/communication only. They had telegraphs in them, I think. They were tethered and were just raised and lowered as needed, I believe. Now, I want to see a picture from that era. I'm heading to the search engine to find one!

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