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June 13, 1865

Seven miles below Louisville, Ky  Tuesday, June 13, 1865   Weather quite warm   Slept rather damp last night   looks like rain this morning   We expect to get pay soon as we signed the pay rolls this morning   fix up our camp and build a nice shade in front of our Chebang   rains a small shower frequently through the day   many of our boys are going to the river to swim   I think I will wait a day or two   We had a real pleasant trip down the Ohio on the Nora   all passed off pleasant but I cant brag any on our ride on the cars through Maryland and Virgina  we were too crowded   on the 8th  we suffered considerable from the heat as the sun came down on us without mercy   I had the headache but on the 9th we fixed a shade of our dog tents which helped us greatly   after this we enjoyed our ride better


June 11, 1865

On board Nora  Ohio River   Sunday, June 11, 1865   As we had not rested well for 3 nights we slept well last Night on the cabin deck   feel all right this morning   we get Coffee made by getting hot water as it comes from the boilers and by unceasing industry manage to fry some meat at the furnace doors   Pass Galveston Va at sunrise   passed mouth of Kanawa river at daylight   Pass big sandy the line between Va and Ky at 9 A.M.   Ironton Ohio at 10 A M  Sciotoville Ohio at noon   Passed Portsmouth Ohio at one P M  here I spent most of my boyish days [1]  the old town looked familiar in many respects   in others was greatly changed   passed Maysville Ky and Aberdeen Ohio at 6 P M   we found the Express sunk at Manchester and had to take on our boat about 200 so we are now some crowded   she struck an old sunken stone boat and went down near shore   one life lost   passed Ripley Ohio at sundown   passed a very pleasant day

[1] Isaac’s family had moved to Portsmouth, Ohio from Cattaraugus County, New York about 1840.   Isaac’s mother, Harriet Pinkerton Carr, died on May 29, 1850 in Portsmouth.  The occupation of Issac Newton’s father, also named Isaac,  was stated as “gold hunter” in the 1850 census.  Issac Newton Carr stated in his biography in the Washington County, Iowa history that his father died in a steamboat accident.  This may have occurred about 1850-51.

June 10, 1865

Parkersburg, Va on board Nora  Ohio river  Saturday, June 10, 1865   I awoke at daylight   the train was stoped near Parkersburg, Va.   Cloudy and looks like rain   look round sometime to find water to wash as we were very dirty with coal smoke and soot from the locomotive   just got breakfast ready as it commenced to rain   we soon put up a chebang with [Wallace] Darrow as Perry [Van Winkle] and Add [Addison Taylor] were behind detailed to take care of baggage and had our dog tent   at I A M bugle sounds attention   we fall in and leave the R R for the river and get on board the Nora  a small stern wheele r  3 Cos of our reg  3 of 15th  3 of 13th Iowa   rain Stoped   our boat left at 4 P M   fleet consists of Nora  Bertha  Alice  America  Pinegrove  Express  Revenue   We are not much crowded and I think will have a pleasant trip down the pleasant Ohio  the river is very low and the channel is very shallow  till 25 miles below here at foot of Buffons Island

June 9, 1865

Isaac takes note of the many towns he goes through on the train.

On the cars B. & O. R. R.   Friday, June 9, 1865   Very warm but we fixed an awning over our car with our dog tent   I awoke at daylight   the cars were stoped at Freemont   had been stoped since one A M   country through here for many miles both ways on the r r is very rough and mountaneous   [Samuel] Leighton made coffee before I awoke   so we had a warm breakfast and soon stared pass Bloomington, Frankville, Swanton  Altamont, Md, Oakland   little more level   9 miles to west union, Cheat riv Sta   river as large as English, Tunnelton Sta and through Ringwood tunnel 1 ½ miles  Newberg, Va,  Independence   threw paper to a lady  thornton  Drafton  100 ms [miles] E of Parkersburg   got hot coffee by U, S, C, C, Western  Simpson  Flemington Bridgeport Clarksburg  large town   2 handsome ladies waved flags and near them an inscription   welcome home our western heroes  sundown   Wilsonsburg at dark & commences to rain  have a light shower   get wet   Soon clears off  get a tolerable nights sleep

June 8, 1865

Thursday, June 8, 1865   Very warm   I awoke this morning   the cars were stoped in a wild picturesque place among the rocks and hills   got off and washed   felt right well   passed the following places  Mariottville  60 miles from Harpers fery   Sykesville  Watersville  Mt Airy [?]  crossed the Monota riv at Fredrics junction 22 miles East of Harpers ferry   Canal here runs along the rr [railroad]  beside the river several miles Adamstown   Sandyhook here  struck North Potomac at Harpers fery between H F and Martinsburg   nice level country   fine farms and timber   some good hedge   passed North Mountain  here a lady threw me a boquet with her address attached   tis Laura V Tabler [1] North Mountain  Berkeley, Co, Va   West  Chery run   Sleepy creek  Hancock Cacapon  Orleans road   North Potomac R R and canal run side & side   lay down to sleep at dark   at 11 P M called up at Comberland Md to get hot coffee gratis   plenty of it

[1] Laura Virginia “Jennie” Tabler was born in 1842 in Virginia.  She was the daughter of Adam Malachi Tabler and Elizabeth Green Claybourne Butts.  She never married and died in 1903 in West Virginia.  Tablet(t)-Tabler Ancestors Family Tree at http://www.ancestry.com.

June 7, 1865

Finally, it was time to head for home.  Isaac and his fellow soldiers had been camped near Washington D. C. since May 23, 1865.

Wednesday, June 7, 1865   Washington City  D C   Weather quite warm  at three P M   we started to the city to take the cars for Parkersburg Va on Ohio riv   had a creek to wade first thing and got our feet wet   marched to the depot of the Baltimore and Ohio R R  five miles by five Oclock   lay there on the pavement till after dark when the train came for us and we got on board   Co F on an open lumber car and very much crowded being forty three to the car   we managed to sleep very sparingly   night very warm   got started about mid night from the city of Washington   Moon shone bright  was most a delightful night   I awoke several times and saw the trees  fences and buildings fairly flying past   Soon droped asleep again   road good and solid   All appears carefully conducted on the cars B. & O. R. R.

May 23, 1865

Tuesday, May 23, 1865   moved camp to Potomac river DC   reveillee at Daylight   Orders to march at seven   marched 6 miles   passed through Alexandria   saw some splendid fortifications roofed over with embraisures for cannon and loop holes for muskets   plenty of everything for sale and cheap but as money is scarce with us not many purchases are made   Citizens here looked pleasant and agreeable   camped three miles south of Washington City at noon   have a good view of the west of the city   I went down to the Potomac river and took a wash   tis a little larger than the Mississippi at Davenport [Iowa]  We expect to go in to the city tomorrow on review   the army of the Potomac Sheridans Cav and the ninth A C were Reviewed to day   weather cool and comfortable