Confederate Balloon Fabric


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Section of printed silk balloon fabric from a captured Confederate balloon. Referred to by Confederate general James Longstreet as the "silk dress balloon," the craft was constructed of bolts of dress silk. Constructed by captain Langdon Cheves and aeronaut Charles Cevor, the balloon, dubbed the Gazelle, saw service during the Peninsula campaign of 1862. The balloon was captured on July 3, 1862, while being moved aboard an armed tug.

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Physical Description

2 pieces; 30 inches wide x 34 inches high and 13 inches wide x 9 1/2 inches high; framed.

Credit Line

Leon P. Lowe

Country of Origin

United States of America


  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Large Piece): 86.4 x 76.2cm (34 x 30 in.)
  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Small Piece): 24.1 x 33cm (9 1/2 in. x 13 in.)
  • Need In Frame Dimensions

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


CRAFT-Balloon Parts

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