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  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
 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. (MedicineNet.com – http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10965)
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
Sunday, March 19, 1865 March 8 miles cross some bad swamps forage tolerable plenty Country middling hear cononading all day on our left Supposed to be the 14th and 20th A C ‘s [possibly artillery and cavalry] Engaged with the Enemy We camp before sundown in a good place reg foragers get meat and flour we drew a little meal and meat the flour being reserved for our brave officers we are all in excellent Spirits expect to get communication Soon and then of course get mail hardtack New clothes &c [etc.] a few letters from home would just now do most of us more good than any thing else we expect to get them at Goldsboro 19 or 20 miles from here
Tuesday, March 14, 1865 Rather a dull cloudy day looks like rain lay in camp till noon a man by the name of King, claiming to hail from Grinnell College Mt Vernon Iowa came to our reg [regiment] he was visiting Iowa troops for the purpose as he said of soliciting contributions to aid in defraying the expenses of educating disabled Iowa Soldiers and indigent Orphans of deceased Iowa Soldiers he appeared like the right man for the work and Engaged in a good cause but it seemed to me like rather a risky business to give him money an entire stranger yet some gave as high as fifty dollars I did not contribute but would had I been sure the money would have been used for the purpose named P M moved 3 miles and camped in an open field Expect to stay here 3 or 4 days
Monday, March 13, 1865 Start at 10 A M and were till after dark in getting 3 miles cross Cape fear river on pontoons roads bad and teams stick fast in the mud evry little while and to put a further stopper on our proceedings the river is falling fast and the pontoons break about evry 15 minutes our teams did not get up till about midnight we had a long and wide swamp to cross I kept my feet dry till nearly across then in I went but found more mud than water but found plenty of both as the weather is warm we wont suffer much by having wet feet we go to bed without supper I guess we will want our breakfast
Frustration is setting in at this point — though Isaac is trying to maintain his sense of humor regarding his officers.
Sunday, March 12, 1865 Pleasant day Lay in camp Near Fayetteville 14th and 15th Corps’s are laying pontoons across the river a small tug boat came up the river to see if she could find any thing of Shermans army with orders to proceed as far up as possible if She did not find us before She started back in evening we had half an hour to write letters in as She took out mail I did not write Add [Addison Taylor] went to town I did not go we are and have been for several days living on corn meal and pork we would like right well to have a little flour or hard tack but such delicacies are reserved for our brave officers we now expect to get communication about 80 miles N E of this at Goldsboro We have a poor sandy camp don’t care how soon we move
Friday, March 3, 1865 March at 8 A M 11 miles Camp 2 miles west of Cheraw pass cross roads about Noon with guide boards to Society hill North 12 miles to Chesterfield Court house North 10 miles to Camden West 50 miles to Cheraw East 7 miles Our 1st Div took Cheraw this morning took 23 canon 3000 Stand of small arms and plenty of amunition and other stores I went to town in evening to get some provision but every thing was closely guarded there was Liquor in some of the houses and it would not do to let all have free access to it this town was most of it burned the canon and guns thrown in to the river great Pedee river
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