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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2009 10:48 pm
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How many bullets could his balloons take because if the balloons saw combat I could just see them being shot up giving sharpshooters and artillery as easy targets. I think it would have been smart to use them as floating bombs themselves. Instead of a person inside the balloon it would be full of gunpowder with grape shot or even Greek fire and once they were shot by a sharpshooter they would explode over the enemy’s position. Who knows what this could have done for the war. I would have to agree with you that the balloon corps should have been used more efficiently during the war instead of the Gatling gun now that I‘ve though about it a little more, but as floating bombs instead of observation.

That old man...had my division massacred at Gettysburg!" - George Pickett said these words to John S. Mosby shortly after paying Lee a visit in Richmond "Well, it made you famous" - Mosby's reply to Pickett
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