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This diary was written by Dr. Levi J. Alleman, a resident of Boone, Iowa. In one diary entry, dated October 11, 1865, he discussed his arrival in Iowa, which he traveled to after serving in the Civil war: "After a tedious nights ride we arrived at Winterset at 4 « A.M. Remained there until 9 A.M. and the[sic] started for Des Moines arrived there at 3 « P.M. the first days ride was over rooling Pararie (rolling prairie), and very thinly settled, today the Country is better settled and were supplied with timber. Des M. is a beautiful town Pop. 8000. And there is more Drs here than you can shake a stick at. There is no need of my settling here. Things look blue?" Content can be used with the following standards: SS-US 9-12.23 Iowans Influence US History in a lesson on Iowans in the Civil War. For any use other than instructional resources, please check with the organization that owns this item regarding copyright restrictions.
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At the age of 23, Alleman enrolled in the army on November 19, 1863 at Geneva, NY, as an assistant surgeon. Alleman served three years until July 20, 1865. After the war, Alleman setlled in Boone, Iowa and opened a medical practice there. During his time in Boone, Alleman married Margaret O'Neill in 1866, with who he had one child. After her passing, Alleman remarried to Flora L. Coleman and together they had three children. While working with a post mortem in Council Bluffs, Alleman believed he caught an illness from the body. The illness made him feel horrible for years and was eventually diagnosed as Bright's disease, which he passed from on August 26, 1888.