June 18, 1865

4 miles south E of Louisville   Sunday, June 18, 1865   Weather warm and pleasant till Evening   we had a light shower more wind than rain   We recd orders in our reg [regiment] to the effect that 10 per ct of all enlisted men would be furloughed  the blank furlough’s accompanied the order   Co F had 28 men entitled to furloughs but made out 4 and drew for them   I did not draw a prize of course   they are now made out and sent away for approval  I spent the day principally reading and Studying Phreno Pnemotechny [1] we expect we will have to move again in a few days  tis strange we are not allowed to remain longer in any one place   we only get fairly fixed when we are ordered to move   tis strange I don’t get a letter from Maggie [Taylor]  Watch and wait

[1] The art of memory.

June 17, 1865

4 miles South E of Louisville   Saturday, June 17, 1865   Warm and Pleasant  as fine a morning as I ever see   had reveillee after Sunrise   I spent most of the day sitting in the shade reading and studying the Science of Phreno Pnemotechny but make rather slow progress   recd an order this evening in our reg [regiment] to muster out all men whose term of service expires in October next  this takes Eight  8 from our co (Company F)  one however has never been with us   Crops around here look promising  around here were harvesting Barley the 12th  it looked well   Corn does not as a general thing does not look as well as small grain though there is one piece close by as high as my head   a good stand and looks well   this is a great country for gardening  Some Extensive gardens

June 16, 1865

four miles South E of Louisville   Friday, June 16, 1865   Weather Warm and pleasant   I went to the brook and washed my clothes this morning   rained a very little but soon cleared off   pleasant   I wrote a letter to Amanda [Carr] drew wood   I spent most P M talking with Dr. Miles [1] and learning the System of improving the memory artificially   I got considerable of an insight into it  we recd an order to the effect that any soldier honorable discharged may retain his arms at the following prices   all Muskets with accouterments Six dollars   Carbines [with accouterments]  Seven dollars   Sabers & belts Revolvers and Scabbard *C   We would like right well to know something about our future destiny just now but cant see any light

[1] Joseph D. Miles, commissioned Assistant Surgeon on June 29, 1863, Company F, 11th Iowa Infantry, (http://iagenweb.org/civilwar/books/logan/mil403.htm).

June 15, 1865

four miles South E of Louisville Ky   Thursday, June 15, 1865   Reveillee at ½ past three with orders to start at five   Weather very warm and Evry body out of humor   got very tired   my feet hurt me as my shoes were old   we reached our camping ground at noon and tis a real nice camp on a ridge in a clover pasture well shaded with large Oaks and Maples   plenty of nice spring water but we must carry it about a quarter of a mile   take it all round  we have a real nice camp   we fix up our chebang   I got a board on the Sly to make a table and [Samuel] Leighton and [Addison] Taylor got hay the same way from an adjoining meadow for a bed   we have a camp guard   the first we have had for a long long time   we are not allowed to destroy a rail or board but we must have wood

June 14, 1865

Seven miles below Louisville Ky  Wednesday, June 14, 1865   Very Warm and as we feel a little like performing manual labor  [Samuel] Leighton and I grind our hatched and go to the woods to make stuff for a table and stools as we had to make our boards of rails   it took us all the forenoon but we managed to fix a tolerable table and each of us a stool and I got an armful of hay from an old stack for a bed so we are very well fixed but we now have orders to move camp 3 or four miles the other side of Louisville which will make about 11 miles march for us   tis strange our officers cant allow us to lay in camp without moving so much   an officer was sent a week ahead of us to pick a camp and this is all it amounts to   we drew potatoes enough for one meal this eve

June 13, 1865

Seven miles below Louisville, Ky  Tuesday, June 13, 1865   Weather quite warm   Slept rather damp last night   looks like rain this morning   We expect to get pay soon as we signed the pay rolls this morning   fix up our camp and build a nice shade in front of our Chebang   rains a small shower frequently through the day   many of our boys are going to the river to swim   I think I will wait a day or two   We had a real pleasant trip down the Ohio on the Nora   all passed off pleasant but I cant brag any on our ride on the cars through Maryland and Virgina  we were too crowded   on the 8th  we suffered considerable from the heat as the sun came down on us without mercy   I had the headache but on the 9th we fixed a shade of our dog tents which helped us greatly   after this we enjoyed our ride better

June 12, 1865

On board Nora   Ohio river   Monday, June 12, 1865   Passed Cincinnatti at one Oclock this morning   I was asleep at 3 Oclock this morning   we had to tie up at Aurora Ind [Indiana] on account of a heavy fog   as I awoke at daylight I went ashore and made coffee and fried meat before the other boys were up   after breakfast I went ashore to see the town   tis 25 miles below Cincinnati   Our boat started soon after sunrise   passed Rising sun Ohio at 7 A M   passed Carrolton at the mouth of the Ky river at noon   passed Madison Ind at 1 P M   reached Louisville Ky at 3 P M   immediately disembarked   I was detailed to guard baggage   Marched out seven miles down the river and camped in a low wet meadow at dark and raining a little  we are about ½ mile from Ohio river   things don’t look very promising for a nice camp and I don’t care how soon we leave this camp

Information in these posts is taken from Isaac's journals and speeches written between 1861 and 1923


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