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 8, 2013

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

Saturday, 8th—Quite pleasant today. We cleaned up our clothing and accouterments for inspection. We are getting fixed up very nicely in our camp and all are feeling fine. Only a few of our boys are sick and in the hospital at present. I loaned George Toyne (Company E) $25.00 today, until next pay day.[1]

[1] Mr. Downing explained that Toyne’s family at home was in need and that it was a very common thing for a single man to loan a married comrade money to send home to his family.—Ed.

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