Tuesday May 30, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Weather clear and pleasant I concluded to visit the City again and as no passes were granted had some little difficulty in flanking the guards but succeeded well walked around the city visiting the Treasury Deptmt post office & C in A M and P M went to the White House was in three rooms then to the Smithsonian institute this is an institution well worth any man or womans time to visit it the upper story or picture gallery not being fire proof was burned not long since 2 lower stories were not injured stuffed birds and animals of all kinds and sizes, coral, mummies, and many other curiosities are here we had some bannanas pine apples ice cream in fact all that was good for men of our Complexion
Monday May 29, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Weather cool and pleasant as I was not well I did not get up to roll call but lay abed till after sunrise some time and then eat a very light breakfast but I feel better this P M bought a morning paper no very particular news all appear to be in favor of hanging Jeff Davis I sent for the N Y Herald to be sent to Dayton Iowa] to my address price two Dollars sent a note to Amanda [Carr] requesting her to get the papers and preserve them for me as I wish to get the proceeding of the trials now pending in the U S. Supreme court rumors are afloat that we start in a few days for Louisville, Ky via Baltimore & Cincinnatia I suppose we get no pay and I think it best we should not
Sunday May 28, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Lay in camp weather clear and pleasant as the prospect is good for fair weather we policed camp and set our chebangs in regular order I am considerable under the weather something appears to be the matter with my digestive organs and has been for some time I wrote a letter to Amanda [Carr] got a morning chronicle in which an official statement of the surrender of Kirby Smith in the trans Mississippi deptmt this I suppose ends the fighting for the present in the U S got orders to have regular roll calls so after this I suppose we will have to rise a little earlier in the mornings that wont suit us these are famous mornings for napping
Saturday, May 27, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Rained all night and looks very little like clearing off as yet we have not policed our camp yet on account of the rain we are all laying around our chebangs sadly in want of something amusing or instructive with which to while away the long hours I wrote to David [Taylor] with note enclosed to Maggie [Taylor] I bought four daily papers and passed the time mostly in reading no especial news from Kirby Smith  he still continues to fight it has cleared off this evening and now looks like we might have some more fair weather orders came to muster out all those whose term of service expires before the first of Oct next then an order to muster out all the recruits enlisted in 1862
 Probably General Edmund Kirby Smith, Confederate States Army, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Kirby_Smith
Friday, May 26, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Waked this morning and found it raining had calculated to visit the city and concluded not to let the rain interfere with my arrangements so [Stephen] Leighton [Perry] Vanwinkle and myself procured a pass walked about three miles to the edge of town took the street cars to the Capitol then we walked to 459 C st the commutation office where after a couple of hours of hard crowding I got my commutation money then we walked to the capitol and looked around til noon then to an eating house paid 75 cts each for dinner then took the street cars for patent office looked around the institution till 3 P M then to the treasury deptmt but were too late to gain admittance then visited presidents mansion and grounds and then Equestrian Statue of Andrew Jackson then took some cheese pie and cake for supper washed down with sarsaparilla and each a glass brandy then off for camp rain all day
While camped near Washington, D. C., Isaac set out every day to visit places new to him. The soldiers needed a pass to leave camp. Once Isaac stated that he did not have a pass, but that did not deter him. He managed to get past the guards. Isaac’s desire to take advantage of every moment, experience new things, and visit different locations would continue his entire life.
Thursday, May 25, 1865 five miles north of Washington D C Reveillee after daylight morning looked like rain Our chebang done some washing cleared off about noon P M warm and pleasant we are camped about four miles from Washington City in a pleasant shady wood P M I went out to Tennile town [Tenleytown – a neighborhood in Washington, D. C.]  about a mile west of our camp Several of our boys were there drunk on lager beer I nearly run over a lady apologized and made all right then went to see a dance about a mile south of camp a school had come out to have a picknick and after eating they adjourned to a stone mill and in the upper story they with three black fidlers enjoyed themselves the old way I staid to see them dance one cotillion I think our Iowa girls could beat them dancing
Grand Review in Washington, D. C. – Photo by Matthew Brady
Isaac’s regiment camped at the Potomac River near Washington, D. C. The companies and regiments were organizing to participate in The Grand Review of the Armies. This was a military celebration in Washington D. C. held on May 23 and 24, 1865, after the close of the Civil War. “Elements of the Union Army paraded through the streets of the capital to receive accolades from the crowds and reviewing politicians, officials and prominent citizens, including the President of the United States, Andrew Johnson.” Isaac’s account of his experience in The Grand Review follows.
Wednesday, May 24, 1865 had grand review in Washington Reveillee before daylight had breakfast by sunrise last night was cold the wind blew cool and to day bids fair to be a cool comfortable day marched to the Potomac and crossed the Long bridge about eight oclock from there we marched around to Maryland Avenue at the foot of Capitol Hill Starting from there at nine A M passing around the Capitol to Pennsylvania Avenue thence up the Avenue to aqueduct bridge and across to our camp ground So ends our grand review in Washington City all passed off with the greatest satisfaction to all parties the Citizens made a very patriotic display and evinced their patriotism by cheers clapping hands and many appropriate mottoes to the western troops flags and wreaths of flowers were evry where profusely displayed
 The Grand Review of the Armies was a military procession and celebration in Washington, D. C. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Review_of_the_Armies