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One of the South's most illustrious military leaders, Wade Hampton III was for a time the commander of all Lee's cavalry and at the end of the war was the highest-ranking Confederate cavalry officer. Yet for all Hampton's military victories, he also suffered devastating losses in his family and personal life. Rod Andrew's critical biography sheds light on his central role during Reconstruction as a conservative white leader, governor, U.S. senator, and Redeemer; his heroic image in the minds of white southerners; and his positions and apparent contradictions on race and the role of African Americans in the New South. Andrew also shows that Hampton's tragic past explains how he emerged in his own day as a larger-than-life symbol—of national reconciliation as well as southern defiance.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Anyone with an interest in South Carolina history, Civil War history, or the history of postwar turmoil in the South would do well to add [Wade Hampton] to their library."--Georgia Historical Quarterly

"Fills a large gap in both Civil War and Reconstruction history. . . . An authoritative biography of an interesting man that will well serve serious students of Southern history, the Civil War, the Reconstruction era, and Wade Hampton."--Military Review

"Carefully researched."--Journal of America's Military Past

"Andrew's stellar biography . . . offers new insights and a convincing interpretation. . . . This study will likely take its place as the best of several Hampton biographies. It ranks as a significant scholarly achievement that deserves wide reading among historians of the South, the Civil War, and Reconstruction."--Military History of the West

"The most thorough biography of Hampton that has been published and should prove of major interest to students of the Civil War and the nineteenth-century South."--North Carolina Historical Review

"Takes on the substantial task of imposing order on the different stages of [Hampton's] career . . . impressive."--The Journal of Southern History

"[A] splendid biography. . . . Adds significantly to the recent burst of scholarship on this long-overlooked leader. . . . Both sensitive and, when it is called for, unsparing."--Journal of American History

"The author accomplished his twofold mission of learning more about Hampton the man, and through his story, providing a better understanding of Southern paternalism, honor and chivalry, the motivation of Confederate soldiers, Reconstruction, racism and white supremacy, and the myth of the Lost Cause. . . . The pace of this book is brisk, and it is well organized. The transition between chapters and parts is smooth, and the writing is clear and concise. . . . Andrew has succeeded in producing a Hampton biography that is not only definitive, but also entertaining."--The Washington Times

"A compelling full biography notable for its scope, balance, and insight. . . . Andrew's insights and detailed attention to both Hampton's military career and his political odyssey makes this work stand out as the fullest and best."--Journal of Military History

"A meticulously researched and superbly written biography. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

"Elucidates Hampton's critical role during Reconstruction as a conservative leader, governor, U.S. senator, and southern Redeemer."--Courier

"Hampton is one of those larger-than-life figures whose actions repay close attention and whose careers match pivotal moments in America's history. . . . Andrew . . . describes Hampton's wartime experience with special vividness."--Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807831939
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2008
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rod Andrew Jr. is professor of history at Clemson University and a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He is author of Long Gray Lines: The Southern Military School Tradition, 1839-1915.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Paternalism

1 The Patriarchs 3

2 The Young Knight 23

3 A Father as well as a Brother 39

Pt. II Chivalry

4 The Appian Way of the Constitution 49

5 Manassas: Baptism of Fire 69

6 Long Winter on the Occoquan 81

7 If We Could Kill All the Yankees, I Could Come Home: The Peninsula, 1862 91

8 Riding with Stuart 107

9 Raiding on the Rappahannock 127

10 Winter of Discontent 137

11 Brandy Station to Gettysburg 145

12 The Home Front 167

13 Division Commander: November 1863-May 1864 175

14 If We Are Successful Now: May 1864 189

15 The Test at Trevilian 203

16 Hampton's Cavalry: June-July 1864 219

17 The Cavalry Always Fight Well Now: July-September 1864 229

18 My Son, My Son! 241

19 Disaster 251

Pt. III Vindication

20 The Search for Vindication 267

21 Consider the Position in Which I Find Myself 289

22 His Solemn Obligation: 1865-1866 305

23 Hampton, Sherman, and the Yankees 317

24 Conquered Provinces 329

25 Another Battle and a Retreat 347

26 Hampton and the Ku Klux 361

27 Hurrah for Hampton 369

28 Interregnum 393

29 Victory 409

30 Promises to Keep 421

31 And Now Would You Turn Your Backs on Them?: 1878 433

32 You Cannot Expect Us to Apologize 445

33 Senator Hampton 455

34 Hampton versus Tillman 463

35 Time Makes All Things Even 477

36 God Bless Them All 489

Appendix The Fable of Hampton, "Major S," and a Union Private 505

Notes 507

Bibliography 577

Index 601

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