Anthony view of WHF Lee son of Robert E Lee who served on his staff.
Spectacular view of Confederate General Robert B Vance of North Carolina while
being held as Union Prisoner. “Vance entered the Confederacy forming the “Buncombe County Life Guards” (later, Company H of the 29th North Carolina Infantry Regiment). After training at Camp Patton, in Asheville, Vance was unanimously elected as the regiment’s colonel. The regiment was sent to eastern Tennessee to guard the bridges on the Bristol-Chattanooga road. They all
took up position at the Cumberland Gap, seeing their first real action on March 24, 1862. They later accompanied Edmund Kirby Smith into Kentucky, and on December 30, 1862, Vance commanded the brigade of James E. Rains, after his death, at the Battle of Murfreesboro. There were many casualties in the brigade, with Vance’s own horse killed beneath him by a shell. After the battle, Vance had to step down from his post as he contracted typhoid fever, but he was commended for his service by General John P. McCown, which led to Jefferson Davis commissioning him as brigadier general on March 4, 1863. Capture After a lengthy recovery from his illness, Vance was placed in charge of the North Carolina–Tennessee mountains under the command of General Braxton Bragg, with orders to harass the Union flanks and disrupt the flow of enemy supplies. On January
14, 1864, he was assigned a mission at Cosby Creek, Tennessee. Vance intercepted a major supply train going to General Ambrose Burnside’s troops near Knoxville, but when he tried to take the wagons to North Carolina,
Vance, and nearly all of his troops, were captured by Sergeant Everett W. Anderson of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Imprisonment Vance was detained at various Union prisons in Nashville, Louisville, Fort Chase (Ohio), and Fort Delaware until a former prisoner of Vance’s, Reverend Nathaniel G. Taylor, intervened on Vance’s behalf, as Vance had treated him well and, eventually, released him. President Lincoln issued Vance a special parole, allowing him to buy clothes for other Confederate soldiers. On March 10, 1865, Lincoln granted Vance a condition
full pardon, allowing him to return to North Carolina, but requiring him not to fight again. Captured by a Sargent in the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry.
Anthony view of Confederate General Robert F Hoke