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Wade Hampton : Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman - Walter Brian Cisco

Wade Hampton

Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9781574886269
Number Of Pages: 416

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On the eve of the American Civil War, Wade Hampton, one of the wealthiest men in the South and indeed the United States, remained loyal to his native South Carolina as it seceded from the Union. Raising his namesake Hampton Legion of soldiers, he eventually became a lieutenant general of Confederate cavalry after the death of the legendary J. E. B. Stuart. Hampton's highly capable, but largely unheralded, military leadership has long needed a modern treatment. After the war, Hampton returned to South Carolina, where chaos and violence reigned as Northern carpetbaggers, newly freed slaves, and disenfranchised white Southerners battled for political control of the devastated economy. As Reconstruction collapsed, Hampton was elected governor in the contested election of 1876 in which both the governorship of South Carolina and the American presidency hung in the balance. While aspects of Hampton's rise to power remain controversial, under his leadership stability returned to state government and rampant corruption was brought under control. Hampton then served in the U.S. Senate from 1879 to 1891, eventually losing his seat to a henchman of notorious South Carolina governor "Pitchfork" Ben Tillman, whose blatantly segregationist grassroots politics would supplant Hampton's genteel paternalism. In Wade Hampton, Walter Brian Cisco provides a comprehensively researched, highly readable, and long-overdue treatment of a man whose military and political careers had a significant impact upon not only South Carolina, but America. Focusing on all aspects of Hampton's life, Cisco has written the definitive military-political overview of this fascinating man. Winner of the 2006 Douglas Southall Freeman Award.

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"An exceptional book about an exceptional man." --SOUTHERN PARTISAN

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
"Consider Everything Certain Which Is Possible": The Hampton Heritage
"Deep and Unfathomable Mines": Learning to Be a Gentleman
"Flags Were Waving in Every Direction": Hampton Chooses Secession
"Stand Up for South Carolina": The Legion Goes to War
"A Man for Hard Work": Infantry Commander
"The People Have Surrendered Chambersburg": Hampton Joins the Cavalry
"Have All the Sabres Sharpened": Brandy Station and Gettysburg
"I Would Not
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ISBN: 9781574886269
ISBN-10: 1574886266
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 16.05  x 3.61
Weight (kg): 0.73