Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina

To day seven years ago at 1 oclock P.M. I led a delicate loving amiable sprightly Virginia lady to the nuptial altar in St. James Church Richmond Va. She lived happily – crossed the river of death Sept. 11th/73 and is now I trust happier. We always celebrated our marriage anniversary, and tho. I am alone, I wished to honor the day in some cheerful way. Am sorry we are too crowded at this our boarding house for me to have had a dining all together with invited guests. I wore for the first time to day a fine black cass suit, and looked as neat as I could – having shaved and had my hair trimmed – wore my boots smoked a few cigars with some friends, and will don my every day apparel tomorrow. This was in memory of my wifes tidiness, and particularly as to my dress. It happened that we had plenty of turkey for dinner. Wrote the report of Sub. Com. on Insane Asylum. To day began this diary. Rec’d a strange letter. [In left margin] Letter to Mr. & Mrs. Lacy & Mrs. C. & W.D. Turner Day pleasant and cool. Showed Mollie’s scrap book and obituary.  *(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.)