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

After breakfast, when we eat about all we had, commenced the day’s work by stitching or sewing — don’t know how I may end it, — like I always do perhaps. Oh! for a little more system and solitude. How I long for some quiet literary retreat. I am indeed tired of seeing so many men. Turn your eyes yonder, — there is a man’s face. — so with any other direction. However I am very much inured to these things. Can make out in any crowd. Want tobacco but can’t get it. Must inure myself to doing without.  *(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.)