In Their Own Words
September 16, 1861
New Form of Scouting in Civil War
A Georgia soldier in North Carolina wrote in his diary of a new form of scouting by the Yankees.
“…Last night (16th) several rockets and balloons were sent up by the Federals at Hatteras Inlet. …”
Source: Clyde G. Wiggins III (ed.), My Dear Friend: The Civil War Letters of Alva Benjamin Spencer, 3rd Georgia Regiment, Company C (Macon, Mercer University Press, 2007), p. 29.