We had inspection for pay today, which includes inspection of knapsacks and equipments. After inspection and pay, I went down town on a pass and purchased a portfolio1, a paper weight and a pocket knife for army service.
1This portfolio, together with my Bible, I carried through my four years’ service. — A. G. D.
Source: Alexander G. Downing, Edited by Olynthus B., Clark, Downing’s Civil War Diary, p. 20