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Pete the Chimp25 Jan 2023 2:50 a.m. PST

Interested to know if there were many ACW battles fought during the winter months…

Greylegion25 Jan 2023 3:07 a.m. PST

Sure. There were a few.



Arcane Steve25 Jan 2023 4:19 a.m. PST

There were at least two large snowball fights….

Here's a link to one of them:


and the largest ever to take place:


Pete the Chimp25 Jan 2023 4:33 a.m. PST

Cheers chaps!

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2023 5:43 a.m. PST

Some examples, some very big battles

January 19, 1862: Battle of Mill Springs
Casualties: 671
232 Union
439 Confederate

February 6, 1862: Battle of Fort Henry
Casualties: 119
40 Union
79 Confederate

February 11, 1862: Battle of Fort Donelson
Casualties: 17,398
2,331 Union
15,067 Confederate

December 13, 1862: Battle of Fredericksburg
Casualties: 17,929
13,353 Union
4,576 Confederate

December 31, 1862 – January 2, 1863: Battle of Stones River
Casualties: 23,515
13,249 Union
10,266 Confederate

January 9-11, 1863: Battle of Arkansas Post
Casualties: 6,547
1,047 Union
5,500 Confederate

November – December, 1864: Sherman's March to the Sea
Casualties: Unknown

November 29, 1864: Battle of Spring Hill
Casualties: Unknown

November 30, 1864: Battle of Franklin
Casualties: 8,587
2,326 Union
6,261 Confederate

December 15-16, 1864: Battle of Nashville
Casualties: 6,602
2,140 Union
4,462 Confederate

January 13-15, 1865: Second Battle of Fort Fisher
Casualties: 2,000

Battle of Pea Ridge
Mar 7, 1862 Mar 8, 1862

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2023 7:54 a.m. PST

Plenty of fights large and small during the winter. However, with the war mostly fought in the South, winters are much milder. So not many fought with snow on the ground, but certainly a few.

donlowry25 Jan 2023 9:00 a.m. PST

Men froze to death at Nashville in '64.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jan 2023 9:29 a.m. PST

Battle of Galveston TX. Jan 1st 1863.

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2023 9:31 a.m. PST

The weather is always unpredictable in the South. Men would be marching in February in great weather and dump great coats and the next week be in desperate straights due to a massive weather change. Just like today, winter is unpredictable.

Rain and cold are the worse. To have all that wool soaked one day and have the temperatures drop below 32 the next. Add a wind and it is miserable and you feel like you can never get warm again. I know from experiences in Tennessee and Kentucky, and one was early April and the other late October. It is actually warmer in the uniforms when temperatures drop to
20's but not wet. I have been in temps below 20 once, but fortunately that was not overnight.

I know my experiences are mild compared to those in real war with temperatures on the extremes, as I have talked with veterans of the Bulge and Chosin.

Some CW examples

"During the battle for Fort Donelson, a group of Brig. Gen. U.S. Grants Union recruits, who had discarded their warm coats on a warm February day, found themselves literally sleeping with hogs for warmth."

"The armies collided along Stones River on New Year's Eve. Facing a larger Union force (42,000 Union soldiers to 35,000 Confederates), Bragg launched an attack in bitterly cold morning fog against the Yankees' right flank. The attack was initially successful in driving the Union back, but the Yankees did not break. A day of heavy fighting brought significant casualties, and the suffering was compounded by the frigid weather. "

donlowry26 Jan 2023 11:05 a.m. PST

Technically, November and even most of December is autumn, not winter, but I won't quibble (much).

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