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 26, 2014

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

Saturday, 26th—The friends of the boys in our company gave a dinner for us today at Mr. Ray’s, and father took me over. It was a cold, cloudy day and the roads were muddy, but all the friends came out and gave the boys a warm greeting—and a fine dinner we had. We all enjoyed ourselves and are thankful to those who got up this dinner for the returned soldiers. It would be fine soldiering if one could have such dinners in the army. May this war soon come to a close that all may enjoy home, and help where we are needed.

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