is a beautiful place indeed. The main college buildings are 3 in number
each 3 story high coloured yellow and surrounded with neat terraces
of earth thrown up and platted down with grass . . . . They are all
situated in a beautiful oak & poplar grove, checkered off with splendid
white gravel walks, set out in shrubbery, and the whole, I suppose about
20 or more acres surrounded with a stone wall neatly put up."
-- Zebulon B.
Vance, Governor of North Carolina, 1862-1865, 1877-1879, on the University
of North Carolina in the 1850s
from Zebulon B. Vance to Martha E. Weaver, August 12, . The
Papers of Zebulon Baird Vance. Volume one. Raleigh: State Department
of Archives and History, 1963, p. 4.
Image Source: Clement Dowd, Life of Zebulon Vance. Charlotte, N.C.: Observer Printing and Publishing House, 1897. Frontispiece.