Columbus T., age 22, P.O.W. in Ohio

Snow on the ground four or five inches deep. Rumors of exchange of prisoners. All still hoping and fearing. Read in Shakespeare “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Constantly anxious for systematic study — want the necessary books — and more light. Crowded, cold and some one all the time in the light, or shoving against you.  *(Worthy of Record: The Civil War and Reconstruction Diaries of Columbus Lafayette Turner, Ed. Kenrick N. Simpson, courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.)