Prize-winning writer to discuss legacy of Wade Hampton
Prize-winning writer and scholar Dr. Ron Andrew will discuss the legacy of South Carolina Confederate son Wade Hampton III Thursday, Nov. 12, at the University of South Carolina.
The talk, centered on Andrew’s 2008 biography of Hampton, titled “Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior to Southern Redeemer,” will take place at 7 p.m. at the Inn at USC. It is free and open to the public.
Andrew, a historian at Clemson University, won the 2009 Mary Lawton Hodges Prize in Southern Studies for the biography because of its groundbreaking analysis of Hampton’s role during Reconstruction as a conservative white leader.
“Dr. Andrew’s book is a realistic view of a man whose story has often been clouded by myths,” said Dr. Walter Edgar, university professor and author of numerous books on South Carolina history. “The Institute for Southern Studies is grateful to the Hodges family for their generous support of this prize and this important lecture.”
The Mary Lawton Hodges Prize in Southern Studies was established by the university’s Institute for Southern Studies in 2006 to recognize a scholar with the most original work that furthers understanding of the American South. Previous winners have included James C. Cobb, “Away Down South”; and William Freehling, “The Road to Disunion, Volume II: Secessionists Triumphant, 1854 – 1861.”
An expert in Southern history, Andrew has taught at Clemson since 2000 and also written about the tradition of Southern military schools.
For more information about Andrew’s lecture and other Institute for Southern Studies events, call Bob Ellis at 803-777-2340 or visit the Web site: http://www.cas.sc.edu/ISS/
About Wade Hampton III
Wade Hampton III was born in 1818 into an elite Charleston family and raised in Columbia at his boyhood home, Millwood. He graduated from the University of South Carolina -- then South Carolina College -- in 1836 and went on to manage family plantations in South Carolina and Mississippi and serve as a state senator. Out of dedication to his state and the cause of the Confederacy, he stepped down from government to join the S.C. Militia. He rose to the rank of cavalry lieutenant general, with a military career that began at the Battle of First Bull Run and ended with surrender in Durham, N.C. He became chairman of the Democratic Party before serving as governor of South Carolina and then as a U.S. senator. He concluded his career as U.S. Railroad commissioner before retiring in Columbia, where he died at age 84 in 1902.