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The Pre-War Life of Zebulon B. Vance

Zebulon Vance

Zebulon Vance

Zebulon Baird Vance (May 13, 1830 – April 14, 1894) was a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, the 37th and 43rd Governor of North Carolina, and U.S. Senator. A prodigious writer, Vance became one of the most influential Southern leaders of the Civil War and post-bellum periods.

The Vance House is one of the oldest structures in Statesville, North Carolina. This house served as headquarters for Governor  Vance during his exile from the North Carolina State Capitol in 1865 during the last months of the American Civil War. Governor Vance designated the house as the temporary State Capitol during the period of time Raleigh, North Carolina was under the control of Federal troops.

The Vance House Museum of Statesville is sponsoring a quarterly series of free programs that focus on the history of Iredell County in the Civil War. On Thursday, December 5, Harry Watt, past president of the Vance House Association, will present “The Pre-War Life of Zebulon B. Vance” at the Iredell County Public Library in Statesville. This program is open to the public. Please contact Mr. Watt for additional information at 704-880-3067.

Vance House

Vance House