Colonel of the 26th North Carolina Infantry, 1861-62
Civil War Governor of North Carolina
U.S. Senator from North Carolina
With Raleigh, North Carolina backmark
(1830-94) Born in Buncombe County, N.C., he was the younger brother of C.S.A. General Robert B. Vance. He studied law and began a practice in Asheville, N.C., in 1852. When North Carolina passed the ordnance of secession, in May 1861, Vance was a captain commanding a company known as the "Rough and Ready Guards," that was part of the 14th North Carolina Regiment. In August 1861, he was elected colonel of the 26th North Carolina Infantry which he led in the battle of New Bern, N.C., in March 1862, and in the battles around Richmond, Va. in the spring of 1862. In September 1862, Vance was elected Governor of North Carolina, and he was re-elected for a second term in 1864, earning the sobriquet, "War Governor of the South." He was arrested by Federal forces on his birthday in May 1865, and confined in prison in Washington, D.C., until he was paroled in July 1865. He served once again as Governor of North Carolina, 1877-79, and was a United States Senator, from 1879-94.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/2 x 4 1/8 card. Chest up view. Backmark: J.W. Watson, Raleigh, N.C. Light age toning, with a couple of surface scratches and minor abrasions. Desirable to find with a North Carolina backmark.