Basil H. Messler Diary, page 2

March 1-3, 1864

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Davenport Iowa, March 1st 1864.
At the Pennsyllvania House. Walked out to Camp CCCleland[sic] and seen nothing interesting returned to town eat Dinner wind[sic] down to the office (Than took a nap) spent an Hour with Lieut Waltham & Mr Malry and then went with them to Charly Bells Saloon and got Oysters and Coffee then returned and got my Furlow and at 9 oclock took the train for Pond Creek on the R I &C R.R. arrived there at 11 1/2 and took the Hack to Wyanet and put up at the Ellsworth House.
March 2nd
Took the train at 5 oclock for Young America via Galesburg then got Breakfast and then went on regar___(?) arrived at Young America at Ten A.M. Stoped at the Union Hotell and then went to Mr. D. There I found N__ [sic] and took Dinner there Then G. & I took a Buggy ride to Rairitan to his Brothers arrived there at 4 P.M. and found the folks absent. Returned Soon had Supper and at 8 P.M. I lit out alone for Y. A. arrived there after 17 Miles ride at 12 oclock at Midnight Put up at the Union Hotell
Thurday March 3rd
Visited Some old Friends and went to Mr. D's and spent the time very pleasantly till 3 1/2 P.M. Bid all good By and left on the train for Galesburg thence to Bushnell arrived then at 7:20 P.M. Went to the National Hott spent the night with old Friends took the train in[sic] I rather an Surprise as was there in a Soldiers aptr[sic] &C...