March 31, 1865

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 [1]   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

[1] possibly David Taylor, Isaac’s brother-in-law.

March 30, 1865

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

March 29, 1865

Wednesday, March 29, 1865   Weather Cloudy and a little rainy by Spells all day   I wrote to Maggie [1] 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

[1] Maggie (Margaret Taylor) – Isaac’s future wife.


March 28, 1865

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

March 27, 1865

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

March 26, 1865

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 [1]   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

[1] 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.  ( -

March 22, 1865

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

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


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