Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman

Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman

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by Walter Brian Cisco
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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."

"Wade Hampton has been one of the most overlooked figures in American biography, though he played a major role as both soldier and statesman through a long part of the nineteenth century. We now have the book that has been needed. Comprehensively researched and vividly written, Walter Brian Cisco's biography is definitive. It also provides a stimulating and original view of many almost-forgotten aspects of American life in the Civil War era."

"Walter Brian Cisco's Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman is an extremely well-researched and well-written treatment of Wade Hampton's life that details both his triumphs on the battlefield as well as his greatest achievements in the political arena. Hampton fought like a lion for Confederate independence, and once the war was over, he fought even harder to bring peace and civil rights to the postwar South."

"Unlike previous biographers, Walter Brian Cisco does not engage in hero worship, but shows Hampton as a flesh-and-blood man. . . . Cisco has produced the most balanced account of this often-overlooked Palmetto State icon. For those unfamiliar with the general, this book will be an eye-opener."

"Walter Brian Cisco has not ony produced a penetrating and well-researched volume, he has managed to capture the essential dichotomy of American life in the mid to late nineteenth century. And he has done so with a certain panache and sympathy seldom exhibited in this day of 'political correctness.'"

"A comprehensively researched, highly readable, and long-overdue treatment of a man whose military and political careers significantly impacted not only south Carolina but America."

"A remarkably well-researched and readable treatise."

"Walter B. Cisco's new biography of Wade Hampton fills a void in the historiography of the War Between the States . . . . a well researched book that is an enjoyable read."

"Cisco clearly sets out to produce an exhaustively detailed portrait of Hampton, and in this regard he has succeeded handsomely."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597974660
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date:
10/31/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Walter Brian Cisco is the author of States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General of the Civil War, an alternative selection of the History Book Club, and Taking a Stand: Portraits from the Southern Secession Movement. He lives in Cordova, South Carolina.

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