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.

December 31, 2013

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

Thursday, 31st—The weather has been generally mild this month, though changeable, but today it capped the climax. There was a strong gale from the northwest, accompanied by rain and snow. This is regular muster day. The Eleventh Iowa was mustered at 10 o’clock, and we all had to fall in line by companies, and march to the colonel’s tent, where we answered to our names as they were called. This is a poor day for “Veterans;” the re-enlisting is not progressing very fast.

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