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
Tuesday, July 4, 1865 4 miles SE of Louisville, K. Y. Weather very warm we assembled at eight Oclock in a cool nice shade close by our camp to await the arrival of Genl Sherman he arrived at 10 A M looking very pleasant made us a short speech but twas delivered with a Solemnity and depth of feeling seldom witnessed all were deeply impressed with his farewell address of our beloved Sherman about noon returned to quarters guards refused to go on duty but were persuaded after calling the brig Genl but immediately spit all their spite on a Sutler and cleaned him out Shooting of muskets and revolvers very lively in camp I took a good drink of wine with [Wallace] Darrow for my stomach’s Sake I recd a letter from Allice one from carpenter in Leightons 
 The Leightons were a farm family in Washington County, Iowa. At about age 18, Isaac was looking for work when Isaac Leighton’s children invited him to their house. He told Mr. Leighton about his circumstances. Isaac Leighton gave him work and a place to stay.
4 miles S E of Louisville K.Y. Monday, July 3, 1865 Reveillee at one A M as we start at two we hurry breakfast and barely have time to swallow it March at two the morning is very fine we arrive at the river at sunrise all are dressed clean and neat our Co all have white collars but two McDowell got drunk and acted very foolish could not march in ranks Sherman arrived at eight in open carriage followed by seven other carriages containing prominent men we formed one rank on either side of the street Genl passed between bear headed we presented arms Marched up to Osborns house where the Genl Stoped we proceeded on to camp Several boys in the brigade were too drunk to get to camp Soon tis too bad men will so debase themselves
At long last, Isaac and his fellow soldiers heard some good news.
Sunday, July 2, 1865 4 miles SE of Louisville, K. Y. Warm and Pleasant Many are having pictures taken as there is an artist in our brig I sat for my Negative to day and got a good one will get the pictures about Wednesday or thursday I spoke for a dozen cost four dollars paid in advance We had preaching in our reg P M text 3rd chap 20th verse revelations, I stand at the door and nock was very ably discussed See orders this evening that Genl Sherman arrives in town via river tomorrow morning and our brig [brigade] is ordered to move at 2 P M in morning to escort him through town We dont like the idea of rising so soon but anything for Sherman
Manchester, VA. Thursday, May 11, 1865 Warm and Pleasant laid long in bed this morning the twentieth and fourteenth Corps’s marched for Washington City to day the fifteenth and Seventeenth Corps’ will probably start tomorrow I guess the Eastern troops don’t want us to prolong our stay here Shermans boys raised a big muss in Richmond last night my health which has been rather poor since we left Goldsboro is not so good today and I am afraid I wont stand this march very well boys of the Sixth and twenty fifth Iowa regs were over today Genl Halleck did not review Shermans army today nor will he tomorrow as he proposed I suppose our Genl Sherman thinks he knows when he wants his boys reviewed
Manchester, VA  Wednesday, May 10, 1865 Rather cool had Reveillee a little before sunrise but we laid abed till we got tired as we were not going to march had a cold rain yesterday P M and looks some like rain today a cold wind drew clothing took a walk down to the James river and up through Manchester quite a business place directly opposite Richmond several schooners laying in the river which here appears to be about half a mile wide as we came up through town the twenty fourth corps Eastern troops being on guard undertook to drive the Seventeenth Corps boys out of town but could not make it three shots were fired Stones flew freely the guards fell back and Shermans boys went in to the Sutlers  in a way that bid fair to at least nock off some of the profits all quiet now the 17th corps on guard 24th across the river
Wednesday, April 26, 1865 reveilee at day break with orders to move at six hurried breakfast and just got knapsacks packed when the order was countermanded tis a real pleasant morning I have just been taking a walk down the road thinking how a day or two ago our hearts beat light with the hope of a speedy settlement of our National difficulties but now it seems prospects are not so bright we have nothing reliable but a day or two may set things all right again lay in camp all day 2 passenger cars went out this morn having on board Genls Sherman Schofield Howard and Blair are supposed going out to hold another conference with Johnston cars came in this eve at 8 Genl Blair announced Johnston surrendered great rejoicing firing small arms bursting Canteens and playing of brass bands
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