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August 3, 1861 Off the coast of Virginia a Union naval officer ascends in a tethered balloon to look at Confederate controlled Hampton Roads. It is the first balloon ascent from a ship in naval history
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Battle of Mobile Bay Alabama
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August 3, 1864 Gordon Granger lands on Dauphin Island and invests Fort Gaines, one of two forts defending Mobile Alabama
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