Hampton’s life, however, 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.
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About the Author
Edward G. Longacre is the award-winning author of numerous books on the Civil War, including The Early Morning of War: Bull Run, 1861; Fitz Lee: A Military Biography of Major General Fitzhugh Lee, C.S.A. (Nebraska, 2010); and Gentleman and Soldier: A Biography of Wade Hampton III (Nebraska, 2009). He lives in Newport News, Virginia, on land fought over during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign.
Table of Contents
1 "I will sacrifice everything but principle and honor." 1
2 "The legion is to serve wherever ordered." 29
3 "In the face of the enemy" 49
4 "Remarkable for coolness, promptness, and ... ability" 69
5 "Theirs was the sleepless watch and the ... petite guerre." 87
6 "We have stirred up the Yankees greatly." 107
7 "A veritable god of war" 125
8 "Charge them, my brave boys!" 147
9 "A vast difference between the old and the new" 167
10 "I propose to fight!" 189
11 "Sherman can be destroyed." 215
12 "My reputation is the only thing that I have left." 241
13 "God bless all my people, black and white." 259
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Superbly written - you get 2 con/divergent arenas: 1. The CSA (focused upon our Cavalry..& 2. The lifestyle of SC during "The War Between The States", as my Maternal Grandmother made me say ~ God Bless Her Soul.