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....
|Title||:||Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman|
|Publisher||:||Brassey s First Edition edition October 1, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||401 pages|
|File Size||:||763 KB|
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Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman Reviews
A well written and engaging biography of Wade Hampton that takes a sympathetic view of the man. I enjoyed it, but at the same time there were several portions of Hampton's life that the author should have provided more information on, such as his time as governor and his early life. You'll learn a lot from this biography, but may need further reading if you have a few unanswered questions. Recommended.
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Great reading if you enjoy history!
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My husband said it’s one of the best books he’s ever read.
Wade Hampton is local hero here in Columbia, SC. His statue is prominent on the State House grounds and his home is a local historical society attraction. Outside of SC he may not be a household name, but within SC he is an icon, a figure respected and admired. This biography of Wade Hampton will give the reader an orderly summary of the key events of his life. When significant events occure the author goes into more detail, rightly so. Readers interested in Civil War military or political history, the history of Reconstruction, or American politics in general will benefit from this book.
I had trouble putting this book down and finished it in 2-3 days. I consider it one of the best books on my shelf, not only for its style, but because it is extremely well researched. Part of the fun after reading the book was going through the bibliography and the footnotes to see where Mr. Cisco came up with all the information he presented. "The Truth is (still) Out There", for anyone who cares or takes the time to look. Buy it, read it, and see what your school teachers left out when they taught you about "Reconstruction"!
Wade Hampton III holds a very special place in South Carolina civil war history, state history, and the overthrow of the rights of black citizens. The wealthiest man in the south due to the grand and talented efforts of his father at illegal land swindling so that the Hamptons were the greatest land holders of any in the area, and also owned the greatest number of slaves. He often pretended that he did not know anything about the KKK and Red Shirt murderous war against newly freed black citizens. All the typical South Carolina prejudices against blacks and the efforts made to have them live as free citizens, are encouraged and held forth as correct. Still, it is a well written and researched book about this Bourbon polictico general of the Cavalry he led very well.