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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 29, 1863

Soldier Wrote of Snowball Fight

A Georgia soldier writing home to his parents from Fredericksburg told of another battle he engaged in there, of a much more amusing variety.

“The Snow is about a foot deep, and we have had a fine time today. we had Several Battles today, though we fought with Snow balls. first a Texas Brigade attacked ours, and we got the best of the fight, and then a South Carolina Brigade attacked us and then our Brigade and the Texas Combined and faned them out, drove them through their Camps… . I tell you it is Amusing to See two or three thousand men get to throwing Snow balls at each other.” Source: Spencer B. King, Jr., Georgia Voices: A Documentary History to 1872 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1974 reprint of 1966 original volume), p. 286.