Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina


In the Senate H.B. to pay contractors on Marion and Asheville Turnpike 50 cents on the dollar was after discussion and opposition adopted […] Made an appointment with old Mr. Dickey to call on two of the lady teachers at the Deaf, Dumb & Blind Asylum, and have some nice music from the Blind. He wanted me to sing “Over there,” so I took [him] where he could hear it better rendered. Miss Bremley & Miss Shanks were the leading blind singers. Mr Gay and Mr. ______ sang bass. Saw also Miss Narcissa Dupree a blind teacher. Miss Ballinger and Mrs. Ayer two friends are teachers of the dumb. Mr Miller Senator from Cleaveland enjoying it hugely. Miss started for Durham. [In left margin] Horton called to go somewhere else, but let him go alone to see Miss A. Boylan.

*(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.)