Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina


Hurried up arrangements to leave Raleigh. Made several calls. Attended the funeral of Rev Dr Mason at 11 Oclock. Dr Smedes read the service Bishop Lyman read the scripture lessons, and Bishop Atkinson pronounced the eulogium, drawing lessons from his exemplary life. The church was crowded to overflowing. Many were on the side walks. Numerous places of business were closed. Clergy attended burial with surplices on.

Went home and packed up my scattered baggage before the dinner bell rang. Ate my dinner took a few strolls, and on return supper was not ready but omnibus was — So I hastily bid good bye and took train at 6.40. Had a broken uneasy slumber part of the way to Greensboro.

*(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.)