#20 Death Fall Fair Oaks, Virginia May 30, 1862


Fair Oaks, Va. May 30, 1862

BALLOONISTS WATCH BATTLE FROM SKY

A daring balloonist was struck by a cannon-shell and plunged to his death in flames, over the battlefield today. Northern observation balloons were hovering over Fair Oaks to get an aerial view of the combat. Watching from the air, the North hopes to spot mistakes in military strategy and not let them reoccur. The Confederate Army suffered a severe blow too, when General Johnston was badly injured during the battle. Johnston was struck in the shoulder and chest by shells. Early medical reports say that Johnston will be out of action for several months. Both the North and the South are beginning to realize that this war will not end in the near future. Many more will die before the last shot has been fired.