Wade Hampton III (March 28, 1818 – April 11, 1902) was a Confederate cavalry leader during the American Civil War and afterwards a politician from South Carolina, serving as its governor and as a U.S. Senator.
After the Civil War, Hampton made a name for himself as a political opponent of Reconstruction.
Wade Hampton III in "The Last Reunion"
After his death, Wade Hampton took part in reenactments of Civil War battles in the afterlife. After William MacRae's men retook Reams Station from the Federals in a recreated Siege of Petersburg, Hampton's cavalry chased after the retreating Yankees.
Wade Hampton III in Southern Victory
Wade Hampton III was a Confederate veteran of the War of Secession. He entered politics after the war, eventually becoming a senator from South Carolina, an office he held during the Second Mexican War.
When Hampton learned of President James Longstreet's proposed constitutional amendment to free the slaves, he asked General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson to use the C.S. Army to stop the amendment. Jackson had gradually come to agree with Longstreet that at least the trappings of manumission were necessary to maintain the country's ties to Britain and France, and harshly rebuked Hampton. The next day, Jackson met with Longstreet, who confirmed that he'd been having Hampton watched, and so knew nearly everything about Hampton's plans.
Longstreet also ordered the C.S. Army mobilized against the U.S. after an armistice failed, so Jackson had no opportunity to put this plan into action if he had wanted. Without Jackson's help, Hampton's plans went nowhere.
Hampton was the grandfather of Confederate President Wade Hampton V.
Daniel Henry Chamberlain
|Governor of South Carolina
William Dunlap Simpson
John J. Patterson
|United States Senator (Class 3) from South Carolina
John L. M. Irby