The balloon Experiment.
--The New York Herald's Washington
correspondent (June 11) makes the subjoined statement.
It is apparent, notwithstanding all their boasted means of obtaining accurate information about the strength of the ‘"rebels,"’ our enemies in reality know but little.
The Government has made a temporary arrangement with the well known Professor Lowe
for an æronautical recounoissance of the strength and position of the rebel forces at Fairfax Court-House and Manassas Junction Professor Lowe
was here about a week ago, to make a proposition to the above end to the military authorities, and having received encouragement, returned to Philadelphia
to make the necessary preparations.
He returned last night, and has been actively engaged to-day in getting ready for his first ascension to-morrow.
The balloon will be at ached to a cable some two thousand feet in length, in order to secure a steady point of observation.
In addition to the æronaut, an engineer officer of the regular army, and a telegraph operator, with the necessary apparatus, will go up. A supply of wire will be taken aboard, and reeled off as the balloon rises, to insure telegraphic communication with below.
is confident of being able to ascertain the exact position of the rebels, the extent and character of their entrenchments, and the strength of their artillery.
Their number he proposes to define by a count of their tents, allowing so many for each of them, according to their size.
is a truly scientific man, and his project is endorsed by Professor Henry
and other distinguished savants.
His enterprise will doubtlessly prove an entire success, and of great benefit to the operations of the army.
and General Mansfield
take a special interest in the matter.
His preliminary ascension will take place from the White House
The survey of the enemy's position at Manassas Junction
is proposed to be made from the camp of the Federal
troops directly West of Alexandria
By a late improvement the Professor
will be able to keep his balloons inflated, thereby rendering ærial surveys possible even at points where no gas can be readily obtained.