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
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
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  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
 James P. McKinney served in the 27th Iowa Regiment, Company E. He was on the non-commissioned staff as a Commissary Sergeant.
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
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
Saturday May 28 1870 My Birth day I am 34 years old how fast the time flies went to Washington had 33 ½ bu of wheat got 58 cts per bu got things for the Children $7,85 cts paid $10,00 on my plow got 2 codfish & C [etc.] got home at dark left the boys to plow corn at Farleys with the double plow they done very little Lester got Sick
Friday May 27 1870 grubbed a while in the morning till it dried off & then went to plowing corn My new plow works first rate but myself & the team are awkward enough load up 17 sacks of wheat to take to town tomorrow Harvey took Mary to the horse she took