Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina


Not in good spirits. Remained in my room all day until five o’clock when I walked by the Post Office and depot. Went to Prayer Meeting at Baptist Church about 8 and a half having remained in Dickey & Andersons room singing for Welch and Blackwell in company with former. Recd a request from room below to sing “There is a fountain filled with blood” signed Stafford & Co. I tell them that Mr. Dickey is pretty good on “storming the skies.” His song begins “we’ll storm the skies — we will anchor by and by, by and by.” Had a lonely time with sad thoughts and actions and retired late.

*(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.)