The Odds Aren’t Bad, Really

Published:July 10, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

For those of you who liked this bit of math, here are some more facts and figures, courtesy of the Abingdon Virginian, July 10, 1863:

Chances in Battle.

Rosecranz’s official report of the battle of Murfreesboro gives some figures, from which something of the chances of a fight may be derived. His army fired two million rounds of musketry, and he estimates that one ball out of one hundred and forty-five hit an enemy, and that out of twenty thousand rounds of artillery every twenty-seventh shot was affective. His men evidently were not drilled to the command: “Don’t waste your ammunition, but wait till you can see the whites of their eyes.”