Zebulon Vance
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-1865)
Date of Birth: 1830
Date of Death: 1894
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Lawyer, politician, soldier
Spouse: Harriette Espy (d. 1878),
Florence Steele Martin
Children: Five
Military Branch: Confederate


Political Party: Whig Party,
American "Know Nothing" Party,
Conservative Party of North Carolina (c. 1862-1872),
Democratic Party (1872-1894)
Political Office(s): United States Representative from North Carolina,
Confederate Governor of North Carolina,
United States Governor of North Carolina,
United States Senator from North Carolina
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Nationality: Confederate States
Military Branch: CS Army (Second American Revolution)
Political Office(s): Governor of North Carolina

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 postbellum periods.

Zebulon Vance in The Guns of the South[]

Governor Vance of North Carolina enforced President Lee's Proclamation Suspending Habeas Corpus In North Carolina in March 1868, by recalling the 47th Infantry to enforce martial law in Nash County, and suppress the Rivington Men's insurrection.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas L. Clingman
U.S. Representative, 8th North Carolina District
Succeeded by
Vacant until 1873
Next is Robert B. Vance
Preceded by
Henry T. Clark
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
William W. Holden
Preceded by
Curtis H. Brogden
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Thomas J. Jarvis
Preceded by
Augustus S. Merrimon
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from North Carolina
Succeeded by
Thomas J. Jarvis
Political offices
(The Guns of the South)
Preceded by
Henry T. Clark
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Incumbent at novel's end, 1868