The year 1862 began with unusually wet winter months. By the end of January and its 22 days of warm temperature and rain or snow, roads near Pine Grove, Kentucky were in terrible condition. February added to the misery with additional heavy rains that caused flooding that swept away fences - a common problem with rail fences. The continued warm temperature allowed the muddy roads to persist. March followed with nineteen more days of rain. April was about the same.