For two years duriing the Civil War, a corps of balloonists led by Thaddeus Lowe spied on the Confederate Army. Lincoln’s Flying Spies tells the exciting story of Lowe’s efforts to organize the balloon corps and provide valuable intelligence to the Union Army. Using Civil War photographs and primary sources, Jarrow reveals the dangers, personality clashes, and other challenges faced by the nation’s first air force.
This book will be enjoyed especially by those students who like to study the Civil War and its generals, the beginning of aviation, or balloons. I found it fascinating to learn about how the balloons were used, which Generals felt they were useful, the relationships and/or personality clashes of the leaders, and see pictures of many Civil War battlefields. The time line in the back of the book was especially helpful.
Review by Leanna Griffiths, Crestview Elem. School Media Center
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Interest Level: Grades 4-Adult
Lincoln’s Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps
Written by Gail Jarrow
Boyds Mill Press
Release Date: Oct. 1, 2010