Saturday, June 3, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Weather warm and pleasant I washed a little the darkeys are clamorous for washing but they only about half do their work so I think the best way for me is to do it myself we drew some sanitary such as handkerchiefs a few shirts and drawers letter paper and envelopes those who had the distribution of these things stated explicitly they were for the men and not the officers but for all that some of our boys saw officers taking drawers and some nicknacks in to their tents our conscripts were mustered out today and the last of the 15th A C left to day for the west Nothing uncommon going on in camp the common talk is with regard to being mustered out but no one knows any thing certain about it we are doing fine evry body feels good health first rate little Diarrhea
Friday, June 2, 1865 5 miles North of Washington D C Weather Pleasant all quiet in camp most of the boys are very busy making rings and other ornaments from the root of the Laurel shrub which grows here in abundance I too am a little engaged in that business today Our company Street is well shaded with nice white Oaks and by spreading a blanket on the ground it makes a nice comfortable place to pass away the slow time this P M I read over all the letters I had from Maggie [Taylor] since I left Home there is quite a variety of tone and sentiment and tis amusing to note the diference yet take the letters all round there seems to be a sense of sincerity running through them hard to doubt but time will tell
Note: Maggie Taylor was the younger sister of Isaac’s first wife, Elizabeth, who died in 1861.
Thursday, June 1, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Weather pleasant this is the last day of National mourning for the death of our late president tis not observed in camp that I can see but no daily papers will be Issued tomorrow in consequence Executive offices in the city are closed today tis warmer than for several days past our conscripts turned over their guns I spent this day laying in the shade reading and talking we Expect to Start west in a day or two our prospects for getting out of the service don’t seem very flattering at present I was thinking much of Maggie [Taylor] today and hope I may get a letter from her before we start west as our correspondence has been of a rather unpleasant Nature lately
Wednesday May 31, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Weather fair and pleasant Spent most of the day reading newspapers I got in the city yesterday the fifteenth A C partly took the cars for the west I wrote to Ellen and R Squire we are being right well fed now we have had soft bread for several days and yesterday and this evening we drew potatoes onions and pickles in sufficient quantities to appreciate them they came from the sanitary commission a lecture on temperance was delivered this evening to our brigade I did not hear it twas said to be good temperance meddals were sold and tracts distributed
Tuesday May 30, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Weather clear and pleasant I concluded to visit the City again and as no passes were granted had some little difficulty in flanking the guards but succeeded well walked around the city visiting the Treasury Deptmt post office & C in A M and P M went to the White House was in three rooms then to the Smithsonian institute this is an institution well worth any man or womans time to visit it the upper story or picture gallery not being fire proof was burned not long since 2 lower stories were not injured stuffed birds and animals of all kinds and sizes, coral, mummies, and many other curiosities are here we had some bannanas pine apples ice cream in fact all that was good for men of our Complexion
Monday May 29, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Weather cool and pleasant as I was not well I did not get up to roll call but lay abed till after sunrise some time and then eat a very light breakfast but I feel better this P M bought a morning paper no very particular news all appear to be in favor of hanging Jeff Davis I sent for the N Y Herald to be sent to Dayton Iowa] to my address price two Dollars sent a note to Amanda [Carr] requesting her to get the papers and preserve them for me as I wish to get the proceeding of the trials now pending in the U S. Supreme court rumors are afloat that we start in a few days for Louisville, Ky via Baltimore & Cincinnatia I suppose we get no pay and I think it best we should not
Sunday May 28, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Lay in camp weather clear and pleasant as the prospect is good for fair weather we policed camp and set our chebangs in regular order I am considerable under the weather something appears to be the matter with my digestive organs and has been for some time I wrote a letter to Amanda [Carr] got a morning chronicle in which an official statement of the surrender of Kirby Smith in the trans Mississippi deptmt this I suppose ends the fighting for the present in the U S got orders to have regular roll calls so after this I suppose we will have to rise a little earlier in the mornings that wont suit us these are famous mornings for napping