Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina

Up earlier than usual. Took a long walk before breakfast. Read the morning paper containing an account of the Ex-President Johnson-Holt controversy as to where the guilt lies in the execution of Mrs. Surrat said to be an innocent woman. One blames the other, but the article in question heaps the guilt upon both — and I believe both are blameable and very likely feel the lashings of conscience.

Visited the Baptist Sunday School, for the purpose of going into the Infant Department presided over by Mr. & Mrs. Dodd. Exercises creditable to themselves and children. The children are up or down promptly at the sound of the words “one, two.” Have been finishing up this diary to date, not having begun until the month was half gone. Visited Cowles & Nicholson Anderson. [In left margin] Day beautiful and not quite so cold. 11:15 P.M. Must retire.

*(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.)