September 3, 1870

Saturday Sept 3 1870   Arrived in Dayton at ½ past 2 this morn   I took it afoot for home where I arrived just at daylight   found my folks well & in bed   all had gone well since I left   I took a short nap & it rained awhile in the morning   PM I helped haul manure & haul corn to feed with   while I was gone Mag sold $3,45 cents worth of Mellons


September 2, 1870

Friday September 2 1870   took breakfast at McKinneys then went to the Depot to Start home   the City authorities who had all along used us first rate now sent provisions to the Depot  So we Should not start home with out our dinners   the train started at ½ past 1 PM & reached Iowa City Safe at 8 PM   took Supper at the Farmers house & then left for home with E G Whetstine and Squire Leighton & Frank Adams   we had horses & buggy   I gave Whetstine 1 dollar for my ride   arrived in Dayton ½ past 2 in the morning

September 1, 1870

Thursday September 1st 1870   Camp life was called vividly to mind as I listened to the Reveillee this morning   rained by spells last night but I slept sound & dry   breakfast about 7 oclock & [Samuel] Leighton & I went to the Depot intending to go home but gave it up & took dinner with James McKinney [1]  then visited the Cemetery & went to the dancing platform near the capitol   we Each paid 15 cts for a ticket & had a dance   we bought a large mellon for 50 cts   went to McKinneys for Supper & Stayed all night

[1] James P. McKinney served in the 27th Iowa Regiment, Company E.   He was on the non-commissioned staff as a Commissary Sergeant.

August 31, 1870

Isaac traveled to Des Moines, Iowa in late August 1870 for a reunion with his Union regiment and infantry unit.  This trip was important to him and was a chance to reminisce with fellow soldiers.

Wednesday Aug 31st 1870   Left the cars [railroad cars] for Camp at day light   we were furnished a good breakfast of bread coffee beef cheese &c&c [etc.]   then went to the grounds near the Capitol & listened to Speech by Gen Bellknap & remarks by Gen Sherman Gen Baker & Gov Merrit   then back to Camp to dinner   then formed the reg [regiment] & marched to the City across the Desmoins river & around the Main Central Square & then broke ranks   I went to the Arsenal & Saw our old battle flags & many other mementoes of the late war 28 or 29 of our Company F were present   a few had changed in their looks so I hardly knew them but the most of them looked the same as 5 years ago   it was a great pleasure to meet old comrads & renew as it were our camp life   it looks much like rain & most of the boys left the fly tents & went to town to find dryer quarters   I feel most well again

May 29, 1870

Sunday May 29 1870   Had visitors Dan Wright & Miss Bradford   John Downing & L & Holden  [probably Laura C. (Izor) Taylor and her husband, Benjamin Holden Taylor]   Mag & I went to Farleys in the Evening on horseback   looked over my corn   it looks very well  a tolerable Stand  took Farleys Sacks home 6 also 19 ½ lbs of Salt I borrowed some time ago

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