Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina

Away from Legislative duties now I must think of my own affairs — which very much need attention. Having stayed at China Grove during the night after conversation. Pa and I went over to the Mill. I took dinner at Cottage Home my former happy home. The things that we used — so many here and there. I hate to arrange and dispose of. Yet I wish they were all except precious souvenirs and articles immediately those of the dear departed were disposed of effectively. Pa and Mother went to W.T. Gaithers this evening. Jennie and I will be happy at China Grove. Miss Drucilla Ward stayed with Jennie.

*(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.)