We received our first month's pay today. Each man in Company E received pay for twenty-six days of service in the month of October, amounting to $11.25, a little less than a full month's pay. I received my first Government pay as a soldier in the United States service, getting a ten-dollar gold piece1 and one dollar and twenty-five cents in silver. I expressed $10.00 home.
1This was the first gold I had seen for months and, as it proved, the last I saw during the war. — A. G. D.
Source: Alexander G. Downing, Edited by Olynthus B., Clark, Downing’s Civil War Diary, p. 23