Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

Post image for Downing’s Civil War Diary.–Alexander G. Downing.

Downing’s Civil War Diary.–Alexander G. Downing.

August 2, 2013

Diary of Alexander G. Downing; Company E, Eleventh Iowa Infantry

Sunday, 2d—The teams went to the wharf down in Vicksburg for our tents. The three boys from our company drawing furloughs were Sylvester Daniels, Daniel E. Sweet and Major Christmas, and they left for home today on a thirty-day furlough.1 I sent $1.00 with Sweet to buy postage stamps for me and $2.00 to buy me a gold pen.2 I also sent $5.00 to father by Daniels.


1 I am using this pen in re-writing the manuscript of my war diary fifty years later, and in my seventy-second year.—A. G. D.

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