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He died on April 11, 1902, at age 84. Twenty thousand mourners followed his casket to Trinity Churchyard in Columbia, where the Bishop-General Ellison Capers read the services. Wade Hampton’s final words had been, “God bless all my people, black and white.”

Wade Hampton III Monument – Civil War General – Governor of South Carolina 1876-1879 – United States Senator 1879-1891 – Twelve bronze plaques commemorating the battles in which Wade Hampton III fought surround the bottom of the base – Erected by the State of South Carolina – Dedicated November 20, 1906

Gentleman and soldier : a biography of Wade Hampton III    Nashville : Rutledge Hill Press, [c2003] Edward G. Longacre Generals Confederate States of America Biography,      Hampton, Wade, 1818-1902 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xvi, 336 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-329) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Winner of the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award, Gentleman and Soldier is the first biography in more than fifty years of Wade Hampton III (1818–1902), a Confederate general whose life provides a unique, sweeping insight into the entire history of the Civil War in the South.

Hampton was a leading citizen of South Carolina before the war and the highest-ranking cavalry leader on either side during the war. He fought in a remarkable number of battles from Antietam to Gettysburg to Bentonville and after the war served as governor of South Carolina and in the U.S. Senate.

Hampton’s life was one of dramatic contradictions. He was the quintessential slave owner who nonetheless questioned the ethical underpinnings of the “peculiar institution.” He was a prewar spokesperson for national unity but became an avid secessionist. He condemned violence and abhorred dueling, but he probably killed more opponents in battle than any other general with the possible exception of Nathan Bedford Forrest. He “redeemed” South Carolina from Reconstruction but then extended more political benefits to African Americans than any other Democratic governor in the postwar South. For more than forty years he gave selflessly of himself to his state and his community, not only when wealthy but also when teetering on the abyss of poverty.

At Upperville in 1863, Hamptons Brigade routed Judson Kilpatrick’s Union
command. A Confederate trooper who saw Hampton lead the charge described
him as “a veritable God of war.”


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