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meaning of. Abraham Lincoln was very interested in using
balloons and other new devices in the Civil War.
Lowe had a similar beginning to President Lincoln. He was born and raised
in a poor frontier farmer life. Lowe would become a chemistry professor,
and a 19th century aeronaut (balloon flyer). He would make enough living
to be able to gain a formal education.
Thaddeus was interested in meteorology, the study of winds and
clouds. When the Civil War started he realized he could serve
the Union by using a balloon to gather information on Confederate
troop movements from the sky.
In July 1861 Lowe was appointed Chief Aeronaut of the
Union Army Balloon Corps by
Abraham Lincoln. Though his work
was generally successful, it was not fully appreciated by all
members of the military, and disputes over his operations and pay
scale forced him to resign in 1863. Lowe returned to the private
sector and continued his scientific exploration of hydrogen gas
manufacturing. He invented the
water gas process by which large
amounts of hydrogen gas could be produced from steam and charcoal.
He is given credit for the first ice machine.
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