There wasn’t a whole lot happening in the Civil War as January turned to February in 1864. The winter had been cold and harsh, but things would begin heating up in February in Mississippi with Sherman’s expedition against Meridian.
On Jan. 23, a Saturday, the Democratic Banner reported that snow had begun falling on Monday. It melted as it fell that first day, but, “on that night, and all day Tuesday, it poured down fast and furious, and being accompanied with a fierce, cold wind, it rendered outdoor conditions extremely uncomfortable. Snow fell to the depth of from 12 to 15 inches, being the deepest that we have had in this section of country for many years.”
Other stories documented delays of trains arriving in town and of the train lines being shut down between Cleveland and Buffalo.
A story on a brigade from the Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac, arriving at Johnson’s Island, refers to them having walked across the ice to the island, but it’s not clear if they walked all the way from Sandusky or across the short distance separating the island from the Marblehead peninsula.
On Jan. 16, the Banner reported: “The intense cold weather of the last two weeks has made an abundance of solid, clear ice, and we are pleased to note that our citizens are laying in a large supply for next summer’s use. The lovers of cold drinks will have no cause of complaint next summer, and Sandusky will not be called upon to cool the throats of the people of Mount Vernon.”
Earlier in the month, a story reported freezing in Louisiana.