Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina

Took the train at Greensboro about 1 A.M. and had a good disposition for sleep when we reached Salisbury. Changed cars and arrived in Statesville about 6 A.M. Went to Simonton House now kept by Col. Sadler of S.C. Layed down to await breakfast, and barely slept. Engaged horse & buggy to carry me to Turnersburg but J.M. Turner an uncle coming up with me, said he was going there with his buggy and so I went with him. Had pleasant conversation on the way — roads very muddy — some rain and cool. Found my father and Offie and David Stimpson at the store — attending to business. Looked in the P.O. box and found three letters, one written Nov. 18th/72 — one from Geo. McCrindell and one from some of my constituents concerning the act of incorporation for Centre Church [torn] on the China Grove [torn] had dinner talked and J.M.T. went on his way home.  *(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.)