The Odds Aren't Bad, Really

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.”


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