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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.


June 5, 1865

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][1] 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 [2] of S C was recently arrested at Columbia S C.  all right   we’ll have all the traitors yet   Wade Hampton[3] still eludes our grasp but we’ll get him yet

[1] Logan, Guy E., Roster and Record of Iowa Troops in the Rebellion, Vol. 2 http://iagenweb.org/civilwar/books/logan/mil403.htm

[2] Andrew Gordon Magrath, last Confederate Governor of South Carolina

[3] Wade Hampton III was a Confederate Cavalry Leader, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wade_Hampton_III

June 4, 1865

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

June 3, 1865

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

June 2, 1865

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.

June 1, 1865

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

May 31, 1865

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