Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina


Fine weather. Mild and bright. My resolution to change time of adjournment from 12 to 2 P.M. adopted by making it 3 P.M. Much hurry & confusion. Morings bill failed […] Tryed to get up from the table a bill appropriating money to Orphan Asylum and reminded the house that whilst they were free to appropriate extra to certain officers and employees this Orphan House should not be neglected — a laudable object but failed. $1.00 to colporteur towards present for Speaker. A Contribution was taken up, which resulted in seventy five dollar tea service formally presented by Jones of Caldwell and responded to Speaches on adjournment by presiding [In right margin] officers. Some weeping as well as hand shaking. [In left margin] To my room with many many sad thoughts and feelings. [Crosshatched] No wife of children to go home to. Alone. Tea at Prof. Kerr’s.

*(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.)