(Winner of the 2006 Douglas Southall Freeman Award) On the eve of the American Civil War, Wade Hampton, one of the wealthiest men in the South and indeed the United States, remained loyal to his native South Carolina as it seceded from the Union. Raising his namesake Hampton Legion of soldiers, he eventually became a lieutenant general of Confederate cavalry after the death of J.E.B. Stuart. Hampton's largely unheralded yet highly capable military leadership is celebrated in this award-winning history, as well as his term as governor in post-Reconstruction South Carolina and his four years in the U.S. Senate.
"Cisco has produced the most balanced account of this often-overlooked Palmetto State icon."—Blue & Gray Magazine