March 26, 1865

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 [1]   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

[1] 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.  ( –


March 22, 1865

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

March 19, 1865

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

March 14, 1865

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

March 13, 1865

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

March 12, 1865

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

March 3, 1865

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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