Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina


What have I done to day worthy of record? — Scarcely any thing. Rather unwell and slept so late in the evening as to miss Chatham train and guess Sister Julia will wonder what is the matter with me. Expect to make the trip to Haywood to morrow. What a forlorn fellow I am.

Met Dr. Grissom and Tim Lee down street. Gave G. the letter concerning investigation of Insane Asylum affairs. Told him I guessed it would not be of much service to him.

Took an evening walk to the depot and back.

Had a chat on general subjects with Mrs. Smith several hours.

Have been sitting here with mind running at large. Would I were settled. Have a free pass to Morehead City, but am so little disposed to use it. 20 min. to 12 M. Good Night. [In right margin] Called at P.O. and got wrappers and stamps. [In left margin] Some snow — Cloudy all day. Falling.

*(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.)