Parkersburg, Va on board Nora Ohio river Saturday, June 10, 1865 I awoke at daylight the train was stoped near Parkersburg, Va. Cloudy and looks like rain look round sometime to find water to wash as we were very dirty with coal smoke and soot from the locomotive just got breakfast ready as it commenced to rain we soon put up a chebang with [Wallace] Darrow as Perry [Van Winkle] and Add [Addison Taylor] were behind detailed to take care of baggage and had our dog tent at I A M bugle sounds attention we fall in and leave the R R for the river and get on board the Nora a small stern wheele r 3 Cos of our reg 3 of 15th 3 of 13th Iowa rain Stoped our boat left at 4 P M fleet consists of Nora Bertha Alice America Pinegrove Express Revenue We are not much crowded and I think will have a pleasant trip down the pleasant Ohio the river is very low and the channel is very shallow till 25 miles below here at foot of Buffons Island
Isaac takes note of the many towns he goes through on the train.
On the cars B. & O. R. R. Friday, June 9, 1865 Very warm but we fixed an awning over our car with our dog tent I awoke at daylight the cars were stoped at Freemont had been stoped since one A M country through here for many miles both ways on the r r is very rough and mountaneous [Samuel] Leighton made coffee before I awoke so we had a warm breakfast and soon stared pass Bloomington, Frankville, Swanton Altamont, Md, Oakland little more level 9 miles to west union, Cheat riv Sta river as large as English, Tunnelton Sta and through Ringwood tunnel 1 ½ miles Newberg, Va, Independence threw paper to a lady thornton Drafton 100 ms [miles] E of Parkersburg got hot coffee by U, S, C, C, Western Simpson Flemington Bridgeport Clarksburg large town 2 handsome ladies waved flags and near them an inscription welcome home our western heroes sundown Wilsonsburg at dark & commences to rain have a light shower get wet Soon clears off get a tolerable nights sleep
Thursday, June 8, 1865 Very warm I awoke this morning the cars were stoped in a wild picturesque place among the rocks and hills got off and washed felt right well passed the following places Mariottville 60 miles from Harpers fery Sykesville Watersville Mt Airy [?] crossed the Monota riv at Fredrics junction 22 miles East of Harpers ferry Canal here runs along the rr [railroad] beside the river several miles Adamstown Sandyhook here struck North Potomac at Harpers fery between H F and Martinsburg nice level country fine farms and timber some good hedge passed North Mountain here a lady threw me a boquet with her address attached tis Laura V Tabler  North Mountain Berkeley, Co, Va West Chery run Sleepy creek Hancock Cacapon Orleans road North Potomac R R and canal run side & side lay down to sleep at dark at 11 P M called up at Comberland Md to get hot coffee gratis plenty of it
 Laura Virginia “Jennie” Tabler was born in 1842 in Virginia. She was the daughter of Adam Malachi Tabler and Elizabeth Green Claybourne Butts. She never married and died in 1903 in West Virginia. Tablet(t)-Tabler Ancestors Family Tree at http://www.ancestry.com.
Finally, it was time to head for home. Isaac and his fellow soldiers had been camped near Washington D. C. since May 23, 1865.
Wednesday, June 7, 1865 Washington City D C Weather quite warm at three P M we started to the city to take the cars for Parkersburg Va on Ohio riv had a creek to wade first thing and got our feet wet marched to the depot of the Baltimore and Ohio R R five miles by five Oclock lay there on the pavement till after dark when the train came for us and we got on board Co F on an open lumber car and very much crowded being forty three to the car we managed to sleep very sparingly night very warm got started about mid night from the city of Washington Moon shone bright was most a delightful night I awoke several times and saw the trees fences and buildings fairly flying past Soon droped asleep again road good and solid All appears carefully conducted on the cars B. & O. R. R.
Tuesday, June 6, 1865 5 miles North of Washington D C Cool and Cloudy last evening Mr. Cowey our State agent at this City made a few remarks to our reg [regiment] Chaplain Roach also delivered a short but eloquent address these gentlemen were very patriotic and philanthropic in their remarks but rather too much panegyric it has looked like rain today all day turned our teams over and drew four days rations So with today we have six days rations on hand our Division Hosptl was broken up Evry thing looks like moving we think we will probably start tomorrow morning as the fifteenth A C have all gone and all of ours or nearly so except our Division we don’t any of us look for a very pleasant trip from here to Louisville especially the part on the cars for we will be crowded and wont be likely to have a very good thing of it on the boat
Monday, June 5, 1865 5 Miles North of Washington D C Weather quite warm lay abed till after sunrise as twas a good morning for napping and rollcall is about played out except evenings I wrote a letter to Mary C Fulaston drew soft bread again this evening the weather is so warm that laying in camp is not so comfortable as it has been yet tis rather easier than marching our conscripts who go out under the late order left us today Six from our company Old Dyer [probably Lewis Dyer, resident of Buffalo, New York] is gone the company wont get a scientific cussin very soon again he gave [William] Crill and [Anthony] McDowell one this morning I see by the morning paper the reb governor Magrath  of S C was recently arrested at Columbia S C. all right we’ll have all the traitors yet Wade Hampton still eludes our grasp but we’ll get him yet
 Logan, Guy E., Roster and Record of Iowa Troops in the Rebellion, Vol. 2 http://iagenweb.org/civilwar/books/logan/mil403.htm
 Andrew Gordon Magrath, last Confederate Governor of South Carolina
Sunday, June 4, 1865 5 miles North of Washington D C Weather quite warm as I was not well I lay long in bed this morning and did not get up to breakfast after I got up and stirred around a little felt better and wrote a letter to Frances Beaumont Cleaned up guns and accouterments and had company inspection in the evening drew hard tack I suppose in anticipation of moving soon also drew a very little sanitary one pr [pair] drawers half plug tobacco and two oranges to the Co cast lots for the drawers gave the oranges to a sick man tobacco is rather dull cant hardly give it away poor stuff it has been some over a year since I used any tobacco and I don’t think I will commence again in such warm weather I don’t seem to want it now any how