William Preston Hampton (1843 - 1864)

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Nicknames: "Preston"
Death: Died in VA, USA
Cause of death: Killed in Battle
Managed by: Scott Fleischer
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About William Preston Hampton

In October 1864, during the Siege of Petersburg, before the winter weather shut down active operations for the season, General Grant made another Union effort to cut the remaining Confederate supply routes. The Confederates attacked from three directions near Burgess' Mill. Some of Hampton's cavalry pushed east along the White Oak Road while another portion of it came up Boydton Plank Road from the south, pressing Hancock's rear guard. A force of Confederate infantry led by General William Mahone swept down across Hatcher's Run and flanked one Union brigade. Hancock's men stood their ground and beat off each attack, though they paid a heavy price for doing so, losing nearly 1,800 men.

At one point, Wade had sent his son Preston, a lieutenant and his father's aide, to deliver a message. A while later, Wade and his other son, Wade IV, rode in the same direction. Before traveling 200 yards, they came across Preston's body, and Wade IV was shot in the back as he leaned over his brother.

The younger son would survive, but Preston Hampton died from his wound. Wade carried his dead son from the battlefield; never again would this grieving father allow any of his children to serve with him.

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William "Preston" Hampton's Timeline

November 26, 1843
October 27, 1864
Age 20
Columbia, SC, USA