Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina


Packed my valise to start to Raleigh. Pa and I went through mud and rain to Statesville. Paid Dr. Campbell $77. Heard of a negro woman at the poor house who was taken there in a dying condition from starvation. Her husband Bill Nichols had deserted her and her baby, and her forlorn condition was not reported or known in time for her to be saved from hungering and starving. Sad neglect in a land of plenty I may say. It too often happens that the col[ore]d people neglect the feeble and suffering.

Took the train at 3 P.M. Met Dr. Ellis Senator from Catawba and Mr. Haynes Rep. from Haywood. Had pleasant converse. Stopped at Boyden House. Took train for Charlotte about 7 P.M. and arrived there about 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.)