{⋆★⋆} LG Hampton, Wade

Wade Hampton III
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Born:
March 28, 1818
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Birthplace:
William Rhett House, Charleston, South Carolina

Father: Wade Hampton II 1791 – 1858
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Mother: Ann Fitzsimmons 1794 – 1833
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Wives:

1st​ Wife:
Margaret Buchanan Frances Preston 1818 - 1852
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Married: October 10, 1838 in Washington County, Virginia

2nd​ Wife: Mary Singleton McDuffie 1830 – 1874
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Married: January 27, 1858 in Albemarle, South, Carolina

Children:

Wade Hampton IV 1840 – 1879​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)
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Thomas Preston Hampton 1843 – 1864​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Sarah Buchanan Hampton Haskell 1845 – 1886​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Harriet Hampton 1848 – 1853​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)​
George McDuffie Hampton 1859 – 1917​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Mary Singleton “Daisy” Hampton Tucker 1861 – 1934​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Church, Columbia, S.C.)​
Alfred Hampton 1861 – 1942​
(Buried: Gavilan Hills Memorial Park, Gilroy, California)​
Catherine Fisher Hampton 1867 – 1867​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)
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Education:

1836: Graduated from South Carolina College​
Occupation:

Plantation Manager in South Carolina & Mississippi​
Member of South Carolina State General Assembly​
1858 – 1861: South Carolina State Senator​
Civil War Career:

Served as a Private in South Carolina State Militia​
Colonel in the South Carolina State Militia​
1861 – 1862: Colonel of Hampton's South Carolina Legion​
1861: Participated in the First Battle of Bull Run wounded
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1862 – 1863: Brigadier General in Confederate Army​
1862: Served in the Peninsula Campaign & Battle of Seven Pines​
1862: Severely Wounded in foot at Battle of Seven Pines​
1862: Participated in the Seven Days Campaign​
1862 – 1865: Commander in the Confederate Cavalry​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Fredericksburg​
1863: Wounded during the Battle of Brandy Station​
1863: Participated in Battle of Gettysburg Wounded by Sabre​
1863 – 1865: Major General of Confederate Cavalry​
1864: Participated in the Overland Campaign​
1864: Given Command of Confederate Cavalry​
1864: Led the Confederate Cavalry at Battle of Trevilian Station​
1864: Led the Confederate Cavalry during Siege of Petersburg​
1864 – 1865: Returned to South Carolina to Recruit Soldiers​
1865: Promoted to the rank of Lt. General of Confederate Cavalry​
1865: Served with General Joseph Johnston's Army​
1865: Surrendered at Bennett Place, Durham, North Carolina​

Occupation after War:

Chairman of South Carolina State Democratic Party Committee​
1870: Helped in the Union Reform Campaign​
Leading Opponent of Radical Reconstruction​
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1877 – 1879: Governor of South Carolina​
1879 – 1891: United States Senator from South Carolina​
1893 – 1897: United States Railroad Commissioner​

Died: April 11, 1902

Place of Death: Columbia, South Carolina

Age at time of Death: 84 years old

Cause of Death: Valvular Heart Disease

Burial Place: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina

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The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia
Printed on Saturday, April 12, 1902, on Page 1.​
 
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There is a story about Hampton that reveals some of his character. It seems He caught a Yankee soldier naked bathing. . He agreed to release the soldier if he would name a son after Him. The soldier was released but without his clothes. Wade Hampton, while serving in the Senate, met this naked soldier's son years later. The son of the soldier identified himself and said he was named in honor of Hampton. This is supposed to be a true story.
 

Paul Yancey

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IMO, one of the most interesting participants in the entire war. He came from one of the wealthiest families in the South and was a prime example of the chivalrous, aristocratic Southerner. He formed his own Legion which he personally financed. His men fought well at First Manassas and I believe he was transferred to the cavalry after the Seven Days.

He was very dependable as a commander and always took good care of his men. During his political career after the war he worked tirelessly to protect the rights of South Carolinians from the atrocity that was Reconstruction.
 

Nathanb1

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If I'm not mistaken the character Ashley Wilkes in the movie"Gone With The Wind" becomes a major in Hampton's Legion. I could be wrong, I haven't seen the movie in years.

I think you're right...and the doomed Charles Hamilton (Scarlett's first husband and Melanie's brother) died immediately of measles while with Hampton's Legion...so Scarlett received a beautifully written letter from Wade Hampton himself...

Wikipedia says:

"After rejoining the other party guests, she learns that war has been declared and the men are going to enlist. Seeking revenge, Scarlett accepts a marriage proposal from Melanie's brother, Charles Hamilton. They marry two weeks later. Charles dies of pneumonia following the measles two months after the war begins. As a young widow, Scarlett gives birth to her first child, Wade Hampton Hamilton, named after his father's general.[18]"

Of course, W.H.Hamilton never makes it into the film.
 

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Wade Hampton was a remarkable man and solider. Some of my favorite stories about him involves his prowess as a bear hunter in the swamps of the South. He carried only a knife and it is reported he killed over eighty bears with it! Wade Hampton was a man with great personal courage and martial skill even if the bear hunting stories were embellished. If I were ever to witness a duel between two men, Hampton vs Forrest would have been a humdinger I'd bet!
 

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There is a story about Hampton that reveals some of his character. It seems He caught a Yankee soldier naked bathing. . He agreed to release the soldier if he would name a son after Him. The soldier was released but without his clothes. Wade Hampton, while serving in the Senate, met this naked soldier's son years later. The son of the soldier identified himself and said he was named in honor of Hampton. This is supposed to be a true story.


That would make a great film about him. Where did he capture him at?
 

JD Mayo

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Wade Hampton was a remarkable man and solider. Some of my favorite stories about him involves his prowess as a bear hunter in the swamps of the South. He carried only a knife and it is reported he killed over eighty bears with it! Wade Hampton was a man with great personal courage and martial skill even if the bear hunting stories were embellished. If I were ever to witness a duel between two men, Hampton vs Forrest would have been a humdinger I'd bet!

Are there any books on Wade Hampton? He would be interesting to read about.
 

Biscoitos

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Wade Hampton III
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Born:
March 28, 1818View attachment 332846

Birthplace:
William Rhett House, Charleston, South Carolina

Father: Wade Hampton II 1791 – 1858
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Mother: Ann Fitzsimmons 1794 – 1833
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Wives:

1st​ Wife:
Margaret Buchanan Frances Preston 1818 - 1852
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Married: October 10, 1838 in Washington County, Virginia

2nd​ Wife: Mary Singleton McDuffie 1830 – 1874
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Married: January 27, 1858 in Albemarle, South, Carolina

Children:

Wade Hampton IV 1840 – 1879​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)View attachment 333356
Thomas Preston Hampton 1843 – 1864​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Sarah Buchanan Hampton Haskell 1845 – 1886​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Harriet Hampton 1848 – 1853​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)​
George McDuffie Hampton 1859 – 1917​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)​
Mary Singleton “Daisy” Hampton Tucker 1861 – 1934​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Church, Columbia, S.C.)​
Alfred Hampton 1861 – 1942​
(Buried: Gavilan Hills Memorial Park, Gilroy, California)​
Catherine Fisher Hampton 1867 – 1867​
(Buried: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina)View attachment 332848
Education:

1836: Graduated from South Carolina College​
Occupation:

Plantation Manager in South Carolina & Mississippi​
Member of South Carolina State General Assembly​
1858 – 1861: South Carolina State Senator​
Civil War Career:

Served as a Private in South Carolina State Militia​
Colonel in the South Carolina State Militia​
1861 – 1862: Colonel of Hampton's South Carolina Legion​
1861: Participated in the First Battle of Bull Run woundedView attachment 332849
1862 – 1863: Brigadier General in Confederate Army​
1862: Served in the Peninsula Campaign & Battle of Seven Pines​
1862: Severely Wounded in foot at Battle of Seven Pines​
1862: Participated in the Seven Days Campaign​
1862 – 1865: Commander in the Confederate Cavalry​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Fredericksburg​
1863: Wounded during the Battle of Brandy Station​
1863: Participated in Battle of Gettysburg Wounded by Sabre​
1863 – 1865: Major General of Confederate Cavalry​
1864: Participated in the Overland Campaign​
1864: Given Command of Confederate Cavalry​
1864: Led the Confederate Cavalry at Battle of Trevilian Station​
1864: Led the Confederate Cavalry during Siege of Petersburg​
1864 – 1865: Returned to South Carolina to Recruit Soldiers​
1865: Promoted to the rank of Lt. General of Confederate Cavalry​
1865: Served with General Joseph Johnston's Army​
1865: Surrendered at Bennett Place, Durham, North Carolina​

Occupation after War:

Chairman of South Carolina State Democratic Party Committee​
1870: Helped in the Union Reform Campaign​
Leading Opponent of Radical Reconstruction​
1877 – 1879: Governor of South Carolina​
1879 – 1891: United States Senator from South Carolina​
1893 – 1897: United States Railroad Commissioner​

Died: April 11, 1902

Place of Death: Columbia, South Carolina

Age at time of Death: 84 years old

Cause of Death: Valvular Heart Disease

Burial Place: Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina

View attachment 333355
The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia
Printed on Saturday, April 12, 1902, on Page 1.​
One of Wade Hampton's plantations was in Washington County, Mississippi, about 34 miles south of Greenville. A small community named Hampton marks the spot. If you can't find Hampton, look approx 1 mile east of a slightly larger community named Glen Allan.

A few miles north of Hampton is another very small community named Foote. Shelby Foote's great grand father purchased the land in the 1880's.
 

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Uncanny timing. Just today, I read an article about Hampton in the December 2004 issue of Civil War Times. In it, Longstreet was quoted as saying that Hampton was "the greatest cavalry leader of our or any other age." Yet when the list of great Confederate leaders is mentioned, it is always Stuart and not Hampton who is cited as the cavalry leader.

Regarding Sheridan, the article's author states that Sheridan was so humiliated and incensed at his loss to Hampton at Trevilian Station that he asked Sherman to burn down Hampton's homes in South Carolina in February 1865. Three of his 4 homes were torched by Union troops. The article by Tom Elmore is an interesting read.
 
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