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

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

March 15, 2014

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

Tuesday, 15th—We were relieved from guard at the roundhouse, and I received my transportation papers from the provost marshal. I was promoted today from “high private in the rear rank” to sixth corporal in the front rank, my commission to date from March 1, 1864.[1]

[1] This was indeed a surprise to me, as I had never asked for any office. The expression in quotations was a war-time saying, a joke of the privates.—A. G. D.

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