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

Thursday, 20th—It is cloudy, chilly and very disagreeable weather. A great many of the boys are getting sick with the chills and fever, and the doctors are no account. We have no drill nor dress parade; we seem to be just stopping here in the mud. Troops are passing here every day going up the river. The boys are getting anxious for a fight.

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

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  • Randal

    It would be nice if the reader was reminded of which unit each of these diarists is serving with, and where they happen to be writing from. There is a great deal of movement of troops during this period of the war. It would help provide context better.

  • Daily Observations editor


    I agree it would be nice. Much of my effort right now is staying ahead with my posting. I am currently posting from 30 sources. Some of these will fall off in the weeks and months ahead, but there others whose first entry or letter has not yet been “written.”

    I do need to bring “The Writers” page up to date ( ) and that would be a good place for incorporating unit information as well as general location. Trying to trace movements is beyond the intent of what I’m trying to do with this page.

  • Heather Nichols

    I LOVE your posts- I look forward to reading them every day – I’ve learned so much and its like getting letters from a few friends every day. Thank you so very much for your efforts to put this together and keep up the great work!