e. The new mode of travel will be more pleasant, for there will be no dust, and, by rising higher, as necessity may require, the happy traveller may keep cool.
Travelling in the air by means of balloons is not of very remote date.
The first successful experiments in this line were made in France, about 1783, when the balloon sailed across the Seine and a part of Paris, remaining in the air twenty-five minutes. A balloon was used for military observation at the battle of Fleurus, fought in 1794.
A great deal concerning aerostation can be found in books and newspapers, but there is one experiment that seems to have escaped the notice of the curious
In the winter of 1864-‘65, General Robert E. Lee and his army were defending Petersburg, Va. The troops were stretched out along the lines perhaps at the rate of one to every one hundred yards.
McGowan's Brigade held the works not far from battery forty-five (or the Star Fort), and near where the great dam was built.
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