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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; annotated edition edition (January 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574886274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574886276
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,798,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."

About 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.

More About the Author

Cisco is the author of five books dealing with Southern history and biography. "States Rights Gist" and "Wade Hampton" were selections of the History Book Club, "Hampton" also won the prestigious Douglas Southall Freeman award. Cisco makes his home in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on December 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Wade Hampton has never had the fame or attention of the Confederacy's other calvary leaders such ad J.E.B Stuart or Nathan Bedfore Forest. Unlike most of the other generals of the Civil War (on both sides) he did not attend West Point, he was trained in law but never practiced. When the war started, believing that the states who had voluntarily joined together could withdraw from the union if they wished, he formed the Hampton Legion. Wounded three times he was at many of the big battles of the war. These included: First Bull Run, the Peninsula Campaign, the Battle of Seven Pines, Antietam, the Chambersburg raid, and the Battle of Gettysburg. After the Battle of the Wilderness, he became commander of the cavalry corps, and took part in the Petersburg Campaign. He finished the war as a Lt. General.

This book completely covers his wartime campaigns, but then goes on to cover his extensive political career after the war. Governor of South Carolina and two terms in the U.S. Senate he was finally defeated by the political machine of Ben Tillman.

This book, by a fellow South Carolinian, is a welcome addition to Civil War literature. Well written, this is the definitive view of the General.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William J. Long on January 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wade Hampton III has been in need of a comprehensive biography for a long time now. Reserved and deliberate in life, both as a cavalry commander and as a political leader, he tried to restrain his annoyance when temporarily outshone by more flamboyant peers; with the benefit of hindsight, however, we ought to pay more attention to WHIII and his substantial achievements.

The "untrained" officer whose pragmatic cavalry tactics proved more of an asset to Lee than the celebrated Stuart ever was; the reluctant secessionist who sacrificed family and fortune to the Confederate cause (or more accurately, to the cause of South Carolina); the conservative Democrat who reined in the bitter ferocity of his own party's extreme elements to become among the first Democrats in the nation to benefit from black voters - Hampton is a fascinating character and Cisco provides a worthy introduction to him.

Walter Cisco does not repeat the bits of folklore that crept into the last Hampton biography, a 1940's hagiography; instead he quotes extensively from primary sources and lets his subject's character emerge naturally. Nor does he shy from uncomfortable aspects, such as the probable abuse of Hampton's sisters by another prominent South Carolinian, or Hampton's bitter exchanges with Sherman over POW executions in the Carolinas Campaign of 1865. However, by the time you finish this work, you'll understand Wade Hampton III as a major and underappreciated figure in both the military and civil history of the South and of our nation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nowhere Man on December 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Wade Hampton: Confederate, Warrior, Conservative Statesman, by Walter Brian Cisco. Potomac Books, Inc. Washington D.C. 2004.

This book is a biography of Wade Hampton III, a Confederate General during the American Civil War. Cisco gives a detailed look into Wade Hampton's life with focus on his service as a Confederate General during the Civil War and as a Conservative Statesmen in South Carolina after the war. It is Cisco's intent to demonstrate Wade Hampton's ability to transform himself from a slave owner to a respected Statesman who fought against the Radical Republican reconstruction efforts in the South. The author also gives the reader a glimpse into Nineteenth Century life and politics, as well as an understanding of how the United States was transformed from a Republic to an Empire. It is during this transformation that the author provides the reader with an in depth look at the life of a man who had played a significant role in shaping post Civil War South Carolina and helping the nation heal as a whole.

The author marshals his facts and his findings by using mostly primary sources; such as manuscripts, newspapers and periodicals. Some of the manuscripts Cisco uses include; Memoirs of the Confederate War for Independence, New York: Peter Smith, 1938. "Democratic Convention," Harper's Magazine vol. XXXVII, no. 220 (September 1868): 567-571, Constitution of the Minutemen for the Defense of Southern Rights, Camden, S.C. Camden Weekly Journal Press, 1860. These are just a few examples of the many manuscripts the author used. Some of the newspapers and periodicals that Cisco used include; Chicago Tribune, 1880, New York Times, 1866, 1867, 1876, 1877, Charleston Daily Courier, 1860, 1861,1862, 1865, 1866,1867.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Lawson on February 24, 2006
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Wade Hampton is local hero here in Columbia, SC. His statue is prominent on the State House grounds and his home is a local historical society attraction. Outside of SC he may not be a household name, but within SC he is an icon, a figure respected and admired. This biography of Wade Hampton will give the reader an orderly summary of the key events of his life. When significant events occure the author goes into more detail, rightly so. Readers interested in Civil War military or political history, the history of Reconstruction, or American politics in general will benefit from this book.
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