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

Friday, 24th—I went to wash clothes today. Company washing squads are sent out daily, except Sundays. A squad consists of eight men with a captain, a lieutenant and two sergeants. This method is necessary because we have to go so far, two miles, and a smaller group could easily be taken by the rebels’ cavalry.

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

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