Title: Above the Fray, A Novel of the Union Balloon Corps, Part Two
Author: Kris Jackson (Craig’s Press)
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This is the second and final part of a novel of the Union Balloon Corps in the Civil War, the world’s first Air Force.

At the start of the Civil War, Nathaniel Curry is a fifteen-year-old telegraph operator in Richmond. He travels to Washington to see a balloon demonstration and finds himself, entirely by accident, assisting Thaddeus Lowe in directing artillery fire on a Confederate emplacement – the first use of an aircraft in warfare.

A pariah back in Virginia, Nathaniel…