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August 29, 1877

Wednesday, Aug 29th    at ½ past 3 in morn took the Express for Detroit & it was a relief to leave that slow mixed train   we crossed the St Clair river Cars & all on a huge propeller boat   took breakfast there 60 cents & eat crackers & bologna for dinner 10 cents   arrived at Detroit at ¼ past 9   arrived in Chicago at dark & walked to other Depot 1 mile & bought ticket for Keota for $8,65   took supper across the way 25 cents & at 10 o’clock in eve train started


September 2, 1865

It appears that Isaac moved back to his farm after he paid off his room and board to the Squires.

Saturday, September 2, 1865  Received a letter from Laura  [could be Laura Izor who married Isaac’s brother-in-law, Benjamin Holden Taylor about 1870]  I had begun to think she had forgotten me but she writes as agreeable a letter as ever  I wrote to J Pochran in Crawfordsville  also to J Smylie in same place

August 25 – 30, 1865

During this period, Isaac worked his farm, but continued to room with the Squire family.

Friday, August 25, 1865  Plowed in the forenoon and mowed for Squire in the afternoon. 

Saturday, August 26, 1865  Paid Mrs. Squire two dollars fifty cents for making a shirt and $1.50 cts for washing at 25 cts per week  three weeks paid in advance 

Sunday, August 27, 1865  Went to Dayton for meeting  N Austin [probably Nels Austin] was baptized   went to Taylors in the Evening but as Maggie was absent only stayed a few moments  the place looked lonesome. 

Monday, August 28, 1865  took a load of wheat to Washington  17 bus [bushels] got 90 cts per bu  spring wheat No. 2  bought 100 ft of barn siding to fix Stable  paid $2.50 

Tuesday, August 29, 1865  took a load of wheat to Washington  19 bus  got 90 cts per bu  spring wheat No. 2  got a bbl of salt $4.10 

Wednesday, August 30, 1865  Paid Robert Squire ten dollars for board  this pays for five weeks board from the 7th of this month

July 23, 1865

Stern Wheel Steamer - The Old North State

Example of a typical steamer of the time[1]

 Sunday, July 23, 1865  on boat   arrive in Muscatine   Daylight still found us on the Steamer Highlander[2] about fifteen miles above Muscatine  did not rest very well last night   boys feel all right this morning   came in sight of Muscatine fireing their guns   landed at 8 A M and took board with Mrs. Hess till tomorrow   after breakfast went to the Methodist Church text 25th 23 Mathew   came out of church found it raining   went to boarding house  got a first rate dinner green corn and other vegetables  first rate board

 [1] http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jmack/boats/ship5.htm

[2] The Highlander, a U. S. stern-wheel steamer, 241 tons, built in 1864 at Wheeling, West Virginia, sank after hitting ice on December 16, 1865 at Johnsonville.  Gaines, W. Craig, Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks, Google E-Book

July 22, 1865

Saturday, July 22, 1865   Camp McLellan on boat   I concluded to take another run through Davenport   went down 8 eight A M and came back at noon   bought a pair of pants and vest for $16.75 cts  a knife for $1.50  a shirt for $3.00 and a pr of socks for 35 cts   PM went in to see the Indians  found most of them busy making bead ornaments and as dirty as need be   paymaster came and commenced paying at 2 P M   paid in alphabetical order  our co [company] got pay and discharg about 4 ½ P M   our men went to town  took a boat for Muscatine   I went and got my saddle  gave a dime for hauling it to the wharf   had rather a restless night on the boat   the hands and mate quarreled all night   one of us stood guard as we were not favorable impressed with Evry bodys honesty   one year ago today the army of the Tennessee fought a hard battle

July 4, 1865

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 [1]

[1] 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.