Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina

About 1:30 A.M. got off train at Greensboro to take coffee and a snack. Mr. Woodward of a paper published in New York called The South came up with me, and insisted on paying for coffee & eggs, which I took, he having feasted on oysters.

So began my birthday.

Reached Statesville about 7 intending to go to the Simonton House but the inevitable Shields who always seems to be so good a fellow, insisted on me stopping at the St. Charles. So I let him have my valise & check. At this latter place young Elliot had killed a Mr Neal formerly of Richmond about a week before, and that was my only reason for going to the other House. Habeas Corpus case to day. Hope bail will not be allowed. Expected _____ to send me out. He did not look me up as usual. Slushed through mud & snow in a 2 H Carry all. [In right margin] Reached home about 12 M. Went to bed at Statesville till 10.

*(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.)