Otters Oddities

*BREAKING NEWS* Archeologists have uncovered an early childhood picture of Tyler Durden.

Woah....what's going on? Two shots of Calvin in one week?

Oh hells to the yeahs! Remember what I said? Any excuse to post Calvin because Calvin is the best. If I could find a Calvin picture that would work for every post, I'd use it.

But I suppose if I did that, I'd have to rename my daily post "Otters Excuse To Post Calvin". Might improve the number of people who read them, though.

Not that I care about numbers. I mean, I care about numbers, but not the numbers of readers. The numbers I care about actually matter. Numbers like, how many cookies do I have left? That's an important number. If you've ever poured a glass of milk, only to discover there are no more Oreos, you know what I mean.

The number of people who read my posts isn't important. I might have mentioned this once a long time ago, but I write these for fun. If people read them and enjoy them, that's awesome. But, if no one reads them, I'll still write them. Because I'm stubborn that way.

Anyway, on to todays subject. It involves fighting. That's why I used a picture of Calvin and Hobbes fighting. Because todays subject is fighting. Makes sense, doesn't it? I wish it made dollars, but that's another story.....

I'm not posting about general fighting today. I'm talking about one specific fight. As you all know, the word 'fight' doesn't only mean a session of fisticuffs between two people. It can also be used to refer to specific battles in war. And that's the definition I'm using today. Because you can find more pics of Calvin searching for fight than you can searching for battle.

The fight I'm talking about took place during Americas bloodiest war; The Civil War. (I said bloodiest, not deadliest. WWII was the deadliest. 207,000 combat deaths to 300,000).

This particular battle took place in February of 1863 near the Rappahannock Academy in Northern Virginia. After three days of freezing temperatures and a foot and a half of snow, a General Hoke organized his North Carolina troops and led them into battle once again.

Because of the weather and the conditions, the North Carolinians took their enemy by surprise. Their adversaries commander, Colonel Stiles, desperately rallied his men in an attempt to avoid a blistering defeat. It wasn't looking good for the colonels men until, troops from nearby camps came to Stiles aid. Together Colonel Stiles' men and the reinforcements fought off the North Carolinians.

Instead of choosing the strategically sound steps of assessing the damage and reforming his troops to prepare for another assault, Colonel Stiles ordered his men to advance. And, defying all logic, the men from Georgia headed off to continue the battle.

Wait, what? North Carolinians attacking Georgians? Didn't they both fight for the Confederacy?

They did. And that's part of what makes this battle so odd. The other thing?

The weapons of choice were snowballs.

When the troops from Georgia finally reached the lines of the North Carolinians, there were a total of 10,000 men in the field. Commanders on both sides of the line deployed their troops just as they would had this been a shooting battle against the Union.

For an entire day, heated combat raged across the fields of the Rappahannock Academy. And the only casualties were only a few scrapes and bruises.

While this battle may not be as amazing as the 1914 Christmas Day soccer game in no mans land between the allied powers and the Germans, it probably was a heck of a lot of fun.