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In Their Own Words

March 24, 1864

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Huge Snowball Fight

A Georgia soldier in Virginia also had experienced some deep snow, but wrote home to his sister that they were having fun with it.

“…[We] have had a great jubilee as is the case when it snows in this state. We all commenced snowballing, our battalion and the 3rd Georgia Regiment against the 48th and 22nd Georgia Regiments, and had quite a gay time. General Wright, his wife and daughters and other young ladies, came to see the fight. We got whipped, but the ladies were the cause. The boys all stopped to look at them, and the other side fought, so our party kept giving back until the others got the General and the girls prisoners. But this did not end it. We drove them back again, and then the frolic was interrupted [by] Mahone’s brigade of Virginia. Virginia soldiers against Wright’s Georgia brigade! Our brigade whipped them and ran them in their camp. They then said we had the most men, and put one hundred of ours against one hundred of theirs and whipped them and run them several hundred yards. The snow is the largest we have had. It is about fourteen inches deep on an average, though some places it is banked up three and four feet deep. There is a quite a contrast between this and Georgia at present. While everything is beautiful and white with snow and the soldiers and enjoying themselves snowballing each other, you all in Georgia are planting corn and other things and the birds are making merry the land with their sweet voices. …”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), pp. 287-288.