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.
Monday, June 5, 1865 5 Miles North of Washington D C Weather quite warm lay abed till after sunrise as twas a good morning for napping and rollcall is about played out except evenings I wrote a letter to Mary C Fulaston drew soft bread again this evening the weather is so warm that laying in camp is not so comfortable as it has been yet tis rather easier than marching our conscripts who go out under the late order left us today Six from our company Old Dyer [probably Lewis Dyer, resident of Buffalo, New York]is gone the company wont get a scientific cussin very soon again he gave [William] Crill and [Anthony] McDowell one this morning I see by the morning paper the reb governor Magrath  of S C was recently arrested at Columbia S C. all right we’ll have all the traitors yet Wade Hampton still eludes our grasp but we’ll get him yet
Sunday, June 4, 1865 5 miles North of Washington D C Weather quite warm as I was not well I lay long in bed this morning and did not get up to breakfast after I got up and stirred around a little felt better and wrote a letter to Frances Beaumont Cleaned up guns and accouterments and had company inspection in the evening drew hard tack I suppose in anticipation of moving soon also drew a very little sanitary one pr [pair] drawers half plug tobacco and two oranges to the Co cast lots for the drawers gave the oranges to a sick man tobacco is rather dull cant hardly give it away poor stuff it has been some over a year since I used any tobacco and I don’t think I will commence again in such warm weather I don’t seem to want it now any how
Saturday, June 3, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Weather warm and pleasant I washed a little the darkeys are clamorous for washing but they only about half do their work so I think the best way for me is to do it myself we drew some sanitary such as handkerchiefs a few shirts and drawers letter paper and envelopes those who had the distribution of these things stated explicitly they were for the men and not the officers but for all that some of our boys saw officers taking drawers and some nicknacks in to their tents our conscripts were mustered out today and the last of the 15th A C left to day for the west Nothing uncommon going on in camp the common talk is with regard to being mustered out but no one knows any thing certain about it we are doing fine evry body feels good health first rate little Diarrhea
Friday, June 2, 1865 5 miles North of Washington D C Weather Pleasant all quiet in camp most of the boys are very busy making rings and other ornaments from the root of the Laurel shrub which grows here in abundance I too am a little engaged in that business today Our company Street is well shaded with nice white Oaks and by spreading a blanket on the ground it makes a nice comfortable place to pass away the slow time this P M I read over all the letters I had from Maggie [Taylor] since I left Home there is quite a variety of tone and sentiment and tis amusing to note the diference yet take the letters all round there seems to be a sense of sincerity running through them hard to doubt but time will tell
Note: Maggie Taylor was the younger sister of Isaac’s first wife, Elizabeth, who died in 1861.
Thursday, June 1, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Weather pleasant this is the last day of National mourning for the death of our late president tis not observed in camp that I can see but no daily papers will be Issued tomorrow in consequence Executive offices in the city are closed today tis warmer than for several days past our conscripts turned over their guns I spent this day laying in the shade reading and talking we Expect to Start west in a day or two our prospects for getting out of the service don’t seem very flattering at present I was thinking much of Maggie [Taylor] today and hope I may get a letter from her before we start west as our correspondence has been of a rather unpleasant Nature lately
Wednesday May 31, 1865 5 miles north of Washington D C Weather fair and pleasant Spent most of the day reading newspapers I got in the city yesterday the fifteenth A C partly took the cars for the west I wrote to Ellen and R Squire we are being right well fed now we have had soft bread for several days and yesterday and this evening we drew potatoes onions and pickles in sufficient quantities to appreciate them they came from the sanitary commission a lecture on temperance was delivered this evening to our brigade I did not hear it twas said to be good temperance meddals were sold and tracts distributed
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