The penalty for rape was evidently as severe as it was for murder.
Friday, March 31, 1865 lay in camp recd a letter from Amanda I wrote a long letter to David  I wrote all I could think of and more too I guess he’ll think I tried myself when he gets the letter some of our boys are burning a pit of charcoal in the rear of our reg for the use of the brigade Blacksmith rather new work for soldiers but I guess they will get along well with it from all appearances a soldier age 22 years was shot to day a member of the 12th NY Cav for committing rape I did not witness the execution some of our Co did
 possibly David Taylor, Isaac’s brother-in-law.
Thursday, March 30, 1865 Lay in camp all day wrote to Amanda [Carr] we drew clothes but not enough and what we drew were mostly too small and of rather inferior quality we will probably get more soon a great many recruits mostly drafted men and substitutes came to our brigade but none for our regiment the 15th Iowa is now probably the largest reg in the brig [brigade] and ours is the smallest the 13th have camp guard are probably learning their conscripts quite a number who have been away sick and other ways detained away from the reg have come back we will soon have a very good sized reg again
Wednesday, March 29, 1865 Weather Cloudy and a little rainy by Spells all day I wrote to Maggie  and sent her 24 pieces of gingham each piece different print I also wrote to Wallie some of our boys are digging wells and find no difficulty in getting water only having to dig 2 or three feet and get good water the ground appears full of water all around here we have not drawn any soap as yet or only a very little so that we cant wash our clothes all the boys are clamorous for soap A little would be very beneficial about now
 Maggie (Margaret Taylor) – Isaac’s future wife.
Tuesday, March 28, 1865 Am rather better we fix up our chebang but don’t feel hardly well enough to write a letter weather warm and cloudy looks as though we might have some rain John Batterson was over we had a long talk and quite a pleasant visit all kinds of reports are flying but nothing reliable a great many think Richmond Evacuated things look very favorable for our cause and many Suppose the war will soon be over may be it will I hope so one thing is certain Shermans army is good for its share of the fight
Monday, March 27, 1865 Am not well lay on my bunk most all day we get orders to fix up camp as we will probably remain in our present position during our stay at Goldsboro I am rather to much under the weather to fix up much to day many of the boys are busy writing I wish I was well enough to write but shall have to defer writing till I feel better which I guess will be soon as I got 5 large pills and 2 large quinine Powders this morning I don’t like our camp much as it is rather low and will be quite wet if it rains much
Sunday, March 26, 1865 We were called up at 4 Oclock Ordered to march at 6 Oclock as escort to forage train Ordered to take knapsacks as we would probably be gone two or three days Cool disagreeable day I have the ague  part of the teams load 10 miles out the rest go 3 or 4 miles farther and find plenty of corn and fodder when out 10 miles I start back I have a real hard time getting back to camp as I walked all the way carrying my knapsack and having chills and fever alternately I get to camp middle P M got mail I recd 6 letters did not pass very pleasant Night had head ache
 Ague: A fever (such as from malaria) that is marked by paroxysms of chills, fever, and sweating recurring regular intervals. Also a fit of shivering, a chill. Hence, ague can refer to both chills and fevers. (MedicineNet.com - http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10965)
Wednesday, March 22, 1865 Co F detailed for skirmishers at daylight find the rebs have left advance a mile and as we find no rebs halt for further orders are relieved about middle A M and report to camp our artillery had raked the reb works end ways crossways and evry other way the trees are plentifully marked with bullets this showing that the Johns had rather a hot place we suppose they have started for Raleigh one year ago to night [Samuel] Leighton and I arrived at home or at Mr. Bradfords had a good warm supper and passed the first pleasant evening we had spent in civilization for over two years wont be likely to fare so well to night provisions are scarce