Cold, Snowy Miserable Weather
As I sit here and look out the window at the gray sky and reflect on how cold it is just by my quick foray to get the morning paper, I think how it must have been for Civil War soldiers during this season of the year. We tend to think that both armies went into winter quarters to wait out the tough weather season only to renew the fight in the warm rays of Spring. Well, I know that several major battles were contested during very inclement weather. Here is a list of some that I have collected. There were many more engagements that brought climatic hardships to the combatants. Here are a few for your consideration.
Cheat Mountain, Virginia (now WV) Sept. 1861 snow and so cold horses froze to death.
Romney, VA (now WV) January 1862 Snow and sleet.
Ft Donelson, Tenn. February 1862 Snow and severe cold
Fredericksburg, VA December 1862 Snow and severe cold
Stones River, Tenn 31 December 62- 2 January 63 Freezing Rain
Chickasaw Bluffs, Mississippi December 1862 sleet and cold rain
Prairie Grove, Arkansas Dec 1862 Snow, rain severe cold.
Pea Ridge, Arkansas March 1862 Snow and Freezing rain.
Nashville, Tenn. December 1864 Snow, sleet and severe cold.
And lastly lets not forget Burnside’s North Carolina Expedition in Jan-March 1862 when his forse endured a fierce gale at sea.
These are just a few examples of tough weather. Often these conditions are overlooked when discussing battles in this “brother against brother” struggle.
Your Humble Servt.