23 October 1861: “It is said several persons saw on Sunday morning last about 5 o’clock, a large balloon passing over this city at moderate speed…”

Item description: In its issue of 23 October 1861, the Hillsborough Recorder republished this item, which originally appeared in the Raleigh Standard. The story describes a reported sighting of a large balloon floating to the south over Raleigh, North Carolina.

Item citation: “A Strange Visitor,”Hillsborough Recorder. 23 October 1861. Hillsborough, N.C. : Dennis Heartt, 1820-1879. C071 H65. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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