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Re-enactors, Smithsonian staff and volunteers demonstrated an American Civil War-era balloon near where in 1861 Professor Thaddeus Lowe showed the technology to o President Lincoln as a potential tool for spying on Confederates.

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Re-enactors, Smithsonian staff and volunteers demonstrated an American Civil War-era balloon near where in 1861 Professor Thaddeus Lowe showed the technology to o President Lincoln as a potential tool for spying on Confederates.
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Charles Brady, an Abraham Lincoln portrayer, and Kevin Knapp, a Thaddeus Lowe portrayer, pose with people in a balloon basket.
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 11: Charles Brady, an Abraham Lincoln portrayer, and Kevin Knapp, a Thaddeus Lowe portrayer, pose in a balloon basket during a balloon demonstration on the National Mall June 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. Re-enactors, Smithsonian staff and volunteers demonstrated an American Civil War-era balloon near where in 1861 Professor Thaddeus Lowe showed the technology to o President Lincoln as a potential tool for spying on Confederates. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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Jim Wilson of the Washington-Baltimore Chapter of the Morse Telegraph Club speaks to people about how Morse Code operators were used in observation balloons.
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