2017-05-18 / News

Long will talk about Hampton for Civil War Round Table Mon.

Joe Long, Curator of Education at the South Carolina Confederate Relics Room and Military Museum in Columbia, South Carolina, will present “Robert E. Lee’s Magnificent Cavalry General – Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton“ to the Washington Civil War Round Table on Monday evening, May 22, at 6 p.m. in the Fitzpatrick Hotel.

Wade Hampton III was born in Charleston, S.C., in 1818, into one of the most influential and wealthiest families in the South. His father, Wade Hampton II, had served with distinction in the War of 1812 and had been a U.S. Senator from South Carolina. His grandfather served as a cavalry commander during the Revolutionary War, became a Brigadier General and served as a U.S, Senator and U.S. Congressman from South Carolina.

Wade Hampton III grew up with a very active outdoor life of riding horses and hunting, especially hunting bears with only a knife. It is said that he killed as many as 80 bears with his knife. Much of this riding and hunting occurred at this family’s summer retreat, High Hampton, near Cashiers, N.C.

Although Hampton initially opposed secession, when South Carolina seceded in 1861, he, at age 42, enlisted in the South Carolina Militia as a private. The South Carolina Governor insisted that he accept a Colonel’s commission. He went on to organize and partially fund the unit that became known as “Hampton’s Legion,” consisting of six companies of infantry, four companies of cavalry and one battery of artillery. The original parts of “Hampton’s Legion” were eventually reassigned to different commands in the Army of Northern Virginia.

After The War, Lt. Gen. Hampton became actively involved in politics. He became associated with the legendary Red Shirts and was elected Governor of South Carolina. He was re-elected Governor in 1878, but resigned to serve two terms as the U.S. Senator from South Carolina, retiring in 1891. From 1893-1897 Hampton served as the United States Railroad Commissioner, appointed by President Grover Cleveland. He died in 1902 at the age of 84.

The public is invited and welcomed to the meeting which costs $15 per person and includes a buffet dinner. Make reservations by email at cdarden43@gmail.com or by calling 404-210-5811 and leaving a message. After noon Friday, make reservations ONLY by leaving a message.

Membership in the Washington Civil War Round Table is open to everyone interested in the War Between the States and new members can join at the meeting.

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