640 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 25 halftones, 22 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-0680-4
Published: February 2013
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-8900-8
Published: November 2009
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Awards & distinctions
2008 Distinguished Book Award, Biography, Army Historical Foundation
2008 Mary Lawton Hodges Book Prize, Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina
A 2008 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
About the Author
Rod Andrew Jr. is professor of history at Clemson University and a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He is author of Long Gray Lines: The Southern Military School Tradition, 1839-1915.
For more information about Rod Andrew Jr., visit the Author Page.
"Hampton is one of those larger-than-life figures whose actions repay close attention and whose careers match pivotal moments in America's history. . . . Andrew . . . describes Hampton's wartime experience with special vividness."--Wall Street Journal
"The author accomplished his twofold mission of learning more about Hampton the man, and through his story, providing a better understanding of Southern paternalism, honor and chivalry, the motivation of Confederate soldiers, Reconstruction, racism and white supremacy, and the myth of the Lost Cause. . . . The pace of this book is brisk, and it is well organized. The transition between chapters and parts is smooth, and the writing is clear and concise. . . . Andrew has succeeded in producing a Hampton biography that is not only definitive, but also entertaining."--The Washington Times
"A compelling full biography notable for its scope, balance, and insight. . . . Andrew's insights and detailed attention to both Hampton's military career and his political odyssey makes this work stand out as the fullest and best."--Journal of Military History
"A meticulously researched and superbly written biography. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice
"Elucidates Hampton's critical role during Reconstruction as a conservative leader, governor, U.S. senator, and southern Redeemer."--Courier
"[A] splendid biography. . . . Adds significantly to the recent burst of scholarship on this long-overlooked leader. . . . Both sensitive and, when it is called for, unsparing."--Journal of American History
Multimedia & Links
Read: Andrew discusses South Carolina’s 1876 gubernatorial election and the six months that Democrat Wade Hampton and Republican Daniel Chamberlain simultaneously claimed victory. Read "When South Carolina Had Two Governors."
Read: Andrew explores Wade Hampton’s history as an unlikely Confederate stalwart. Read "Wade Hampton, One of the Last Confederate Generals to Surrender."