Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina

[top half of page illegible]…our adieus. Miss Decie played a good piece for me, and bidding the old people a kind farewell — after a short drive with Decie, started for Greensboro. It was cloudy with slight sprinkles of rain — mud abundant. 12 miles from G boys and girls were playing Town Ball — one girl was pitching balls and a big fat one catching “out.” Tabernacle Church and Academy are on this road about [torn] miles I think from G. Mr. P [torn] sat up till after midnight waiting for the train. Saw a Mr. Robertson of Rockingham with his newly invented tobacco pr. clamps [In right margin] good.  *(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.)