A correspondent of one of the Richmond papers, writing from Raleigh thus alludes to Gov. Vance:
Indeed, it is to be regretted that the Governors of other States have not had the nerve he has displayed in assuming the responsibility of inaugurating measures for the advantage of the community without waiting for the tardy and inefficient action of their State Legislatures. Owing entirely to his foresight and nerve, thus exercised, the North Carolina soldiers are better clothes, and their families at home better provided for than any other troops in the field; and he has now on hand, awaiting their needs, sixty thousand uniforms ready made, and thirty thousand blankets, after having recently loaned Gen Hardee about twelve thousand suits of clothing for his troops. He does not halt at any niggardly policy, but originates bold schemes for the benefit of his people, and the Legislature of the State back him up by the endorsement of his action. The consequence is that notwithstanding his immense transactions in the “blockade business” and the purchase of such large foreign supplies, he has managed to place the credit of the State about four hundred thousand dollars 9specie) in England. Like old “Father Fritz,” of Prussia, he will be able to bring the State out richer at the close of the war than when she first went into it. On first meeting the Gov. you take him to be a good natured boy in disposition – he has the pleasing simplicity of a child. A short acquaintance assures you he is a man of the highest degree of prudent energy. As to his personal appearance he is 32 years of age, weighs about 190 pouds, well proportioned; complexion slightly tinged with olive, blue eyes, jet black hair falling to his shoulders, brown mustache and goatee, dresses plainly, and wears a broad, loose fitting Byron collar. He is possessed of an inexhaustible fund of anecdote, and is an incorrigible wit. He realizes that his business as Governor is not merely to sign legislative enactments, but to project his own directive intelligence into public measures, and, in a word, as a Governor, to govern.
Source: Greensborough Patriot, March 10, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org