January was a wet opening to 1863. A storm spread two inches of ice and about one inch of snow at Pine Grove in Clark County but produced 22 inches of snow in Frankfort in Franklin County — enough to damage a railroad bridge. Rains returned in February to finished the replenishment of water in ponds. But, the Confederates returned as well. Winchester fell on the 22nd of February. Skirmishes were reported during March at Mount Sterling in Montgomery County, Danville in Boyle County, Louisa in Lawrence County, Paris in Bourbon County, and Owenton in Owen County. The Confederates moved south during April but skirmishes continued in the southern and southeastern counties throughout the year. The rains continued into March but food for livestock was becoming scarce, a long-term effect of the previous year's drought. Spring was late but the farmers got their crops planted in April.