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
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  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
 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.
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
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
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  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
 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.
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.
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