Zebulon Baird Vance was North Carolina's famous wartime governor, 1862-1865. Previously he had commanded the 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops in battles at New Bern and around Richmond. He was humiliated at war's end when Federal troops captured and carried him to a prison in Washington, D.C., where he was held for a considerable time. Vance triumphed, however, when he was again elected Governor and later a very popular U.S. Senator.