July 5, 1865

The soldiers hear that they are finally going home.

4 miles S E of Louisville  K.Y.  Wednesday, July 5, 1865   Very Warm and dry   A patch of oats is being harvested close by our camp   there is considerable meadow land around here and haying has been going on ever since we have been here   the Soldiers try their hand at haying and harvesting a little but their work don’t amount to much   I tried it a little just a few minutes   didnt see any fun in it   recd a letter from and wrote to David   the order to muster out all the army of the Tenn was read to our reg   the boys were in high glee and manifested their delight by loud and frequent cheers   an abolitionist undertook to preach Nigger Equality  boys Stoned him and made him quit   Ralston was very drunk also   some other of our boys slightly intoxicated

July 4, 1865

Tuesday, July 4, 1865   4 miles SE of Louisville, K. Y.   Weather very warm   we assembled at eight Oclock in a cool nice shade close by our camp to await the arrival of Genl Sherman   he arrived at 10 A M looking very pleasant   made us a short speech but twas delivered with a Solemnity and depth of feeling seldom witnessed   all were deeply impressed with his farewell address of our beloved Sherman   about noon returned to quarters   guards refused to go on duty but were persuaded after calling the brig Genl but immediately spit all their spite on a Sutler and cleaned him out   Shooting of muskets and revolvers very lively in camp   I took a good drink of wine with [Wallace] Darrow for my stomach’s Sake    I recd a letter from Allice  one from carpenter in Leightons [1]

[1] The Leightons were a farm family in Washington County, Iowa. At about age 18, Isaac was looking for work when Isaac Leighton’s children invited him to their house.   He told Mr. Leighton about his circumstances. Isaac Leighton gave him work and a place to stay.

July 3, 1865

4 miles S E of Louisville K.Y.  Monday, July 3, 1865   Reveillee at one A M  as we start at two we hurry breakfast and barely have time to swallow it  March at two the morning is very fine   we arrive at the river at sunrise   all are dressed clean and neat   our Co all have white collars but two  McDowell got drunk and acted very foolish   could not march in ranks  Sherman arrived at eight in open carriage followed by seven other carriages containing prominent men   we formed one rank on either side of the street   Genl passed between bear headed   we presented arms  Marched up to Osborns house where the Genl Stoped   we proceeded on to camp   Several boys in the brigade were too drunk to get to camp Soon  tis too bad men will so debase themselves

July 2, 1865

At long last, Isaac and his fellow soldiers heard some good news.

Sunday, July 2, 1865 4 miles SE of Louisville, K. Y.   Warm and Pleasant  Many are having pictures taken as there is an artist in our brig   I sat for my Negative to day and got a good one   will get the pictures about Wednesday or thursday    I spoke for a dozen   cost four dollars   paid in advance   We had preaching in our reg P M  text 3rd chap 20th  verse revelations, I stand at the door and nock was very ably discussed   See orders this evening that Genl Sherman arrives in town via river tomorrow morning and our brig [brigade] is ordered to move at 2 P M in morning to escort him through town   We dont like the idea of rising so soon but anything for Sherman

July 1, 1865

4 miles S E of Louisville K.Y.   Saturday, July 1, 1865   Some appearance of rain throughout the day but only sprinkled a little and was quite pleasant   I washed up my clothes in the forenoon and wrote a letter to Laura   She is an odd child   I don’t know how this correspondence will end but I guess I can hold my own   I should like to See her   I still get no letter from Maggie   I guess I might as well slip that from my mind   there’s no great loss but ther’s some small gain   all quiet in camp   Sutlers still doing a good business in the way of beer &c&c but the boys have got their appetites somewhat appeased   had dress parade this evening   the first for some time   the brigade band was in attendance   our reg looked small but neat

June 30, 1865

4 miles S E of Louisville K.Y.   Friday, June 30, 1865   Cloudy and Cool with some rain in the afternoon   we mustered in our Company street with arms by Capt Foster   I received a letter from Laura [1]   I spent most of the day reading  had a talk with Dr. Miles in the forenoon   Nothing special going on in camp   none drunk that I know of   I had an offer of a certificate which would have procured me a discharge but declined as I should have forfeited $142.00 bounty and besides I wish to be discharged with the company   I don’t think twould hardly pay to try for a discharge at this stage of the game   Ill see the thing clear through if I live

[1]  This could be Isaac’s first cousin, Laura C. Izor who married Benjamin Holden Taylor.