Near Weaverville in Buncombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Brothers In Service
Zebulon and Robert Vance Brithplace
Zebulon Vance was a Whig and supporter of the Union who opposed secession until the last moment. At the outbreak of war in 1861, he reigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, returned home, and raised the "Rough and Ready Guards" (Co. F, 14th North Carolina Infantry) for the Confederate army. Elected colonel of the 26th North Carolina Infantry, Vance served in the field until elected governor in 1862. His administration was marked by efforts to balance the needs of his people with those of the Confederacy, promising "the wife & child of the soldiers who are in the Army doing his duty, shall share the last bushel of meal & pound of meat in the State." His leadership and concern for North Carolinians ensured his place in their hearts. At war's end, on his 35th birthday, he was arrested and briefly imprisoned in Washington, D.C. Pardoned in 1867, he was reelected governor in 1876, and then elected to the U.S. Senate in 1879. He died in office in 1894. Vance remains to this day the most popular leader that North
Robert Vance, who like his brother maintained strong Unionist sympathies, volunteered for Confederate military service in 1861 when North Carolina seceded. He was elected colonel of the 29th North Carolina Infantry and later was promoted to brigadier general commanding Confederate forces in western North Carolina. Despite geographical obstacles he and his men succeeded in moving artillery through the Smoky Mountains. He was captured by Union forces in East Tennessee in 1864, then paroled by order of President Lincoln and allowed to return home. In 1872, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving until retirement in 1896.
"If war should come, I preferred to be with my own people. ...[I]t was better, right or wrong, that communities and States should go together and face the horror of war in a body."
Zebulon B. Vance, North Carolina's Civil War Governor
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 42.061′ N, 82° 29.762′ W. Marker is near Weaverville, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker is on Reems Creek Road (State Highway 1003), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Weaver College (approx. 3.8 miles away); Zebulon B. Vance (approx. 4˝ miles away); David L. Swain (approx. 5.9 miles away); Francis Asbury (approx. 5.9 miles away); Joseph Lane (approx. 5.9 miles away); Kiffin Y. Rockwell (approx. 7.2 miles away); Battle of Asheville (approx. 7.3 miles away); The University of North Carolina at Asheville (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weaverville.
Also see . . . Vance Birthplace State Historic Site. (Submitted on October 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,116 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on October 9, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.