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
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
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
Example of a typical steamer of the time
Sunday, July 23, 1865 on boat arrive in Muscatine Daylight still found us on the Steamer Highlander 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
 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
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
Isaac mustered out of the Army at Louisville, Kentucky on July 15, 1865. He was owed $2.05 for clothing. Isaac received $210.00 for bounty paid and was still due $192.00. He traveled to Camp McClellan near Davenport, Iowa.
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.