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Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior to Southern Redeemer
     

Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior to Southern Redeemer

by Rod Andrew
 
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

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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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From the Publisher
[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

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

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469606804
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Series:
Civil War America Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
1,321,693
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

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Hampton's life and significance in southern history merit close re-examination, and Rod Andrew is just the right person for the task. In this first-rate biography, Andrew provides an enlightened portrait of a man driven by personal circumstances as well as southern codes of paternalism and chivalry. It is the best, most careful and rigorous study of Hampton, offering a new understanding of South Carolina politics at a critical time in the state's history.--Vernon Burton, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

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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