Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina


Called at Mrs Pullens to see Mrs. Dodd. Day was too pretty to find her at home. Bright and rather warm for Feb.

Visited institution of Dead Dumb & Blind. Saw Mrs. Ayer one of the teachers, and on my return met Mr Gay and Mr Costner, two blind men who sing well, and after expressing a desire to hear them and the other blind sing, was cordially invited to come at 8 P.M. and they would sing until 9 o’clock. I went and had the class of blind singers to myself. They were very kind and seemed to think a great deal of me pressing me to come again. Names as follows — Misses Brumley, Shank, T.C. Dettmering, Lilly McCarson, Annie E. Huneycutt, Mary Royall, Master Jackson Massey, and Messrs. Gay J.W., J.M. Costner & J.N. Royall. A.M. Page was not in.

*(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.)