Colonel Wade Hampton II, USA

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Wade Hampton, II

Also Known As: "The Great Warwick of South Carolina"
Birthplace: Woodlands Plantation, Richland County, SC, USA
Death: Died in Issaquena County, MS, USA
Place of Burial: Columbia, SC, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Gen. Wade Hampton I, US Congress and Harriet Hampton
Husband of Ann Hampton
Father of Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton III (CSA), US Senator, Governor; Christopher Fitzsimons "Kit" Hampton; Harriet Flud Hampton; Catherine "Kate" Hampton; Ann M. Hampton and 3 others
Brother of Francis "Frank" Hampton
Half brother of Caroline Martha Preston; Harriet Hampton; Louisa Wade Hampton; Mary Sumter Player; Alfred Hampton and 1 other

Managed by: Eric William Leibrock
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About Colonel Wade Hampton II, USA

Wade Hampton II (April 21, 1791 – February 10, 1858) was an American plantation owner and soldier in the War of 1812. He was a member of the Hampton family, whose influence was strong in South Carolina politics and social circles for nearly 100 years.

He became a lieutenant of the dragoons in 1811, and was acting inspector general and aide to General Andrew Jackson at New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1815.

Hampton was born in Columbia, South Carolina, the son of General Wade Hampton I (1752–1835) and Harriet Flud. He married Ann Fitzsimmons on March 6, 1817, in Charleston, South Carolina, whose sister, Catherine Fitzsimmons, was the wife of James Henry Hammond. His son, Wade Hampton III, was a prominent Confederate cavalry general in the American Civil War, and a postbellum Governor of South Carolina.

His summer retreat, High Hampton, is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is his mansion in Columbia, South Carolina, the Hampton-Preston House, the ruins of his plantation house Millwoods.

He is interred in the churchyard at Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbia, South Carolina.

He lived in the antebellum period of the Old South when great wealth created a planter aristocracy. He was a gentelman, a superb horseman, and hunter, and a renowned agriculturist and turfman. He learned the art of politics from his father and many of the nation's leaders were entertained at Woodlands.

Cisco, pg 14: "General Hampton's sons Wade Jr. and Frank had buckled on swords and followed their father into service once war was declared.

Wade II was perhaps best remembered for his domestic activities. He continued to successfully manage the family plantations, and excelled in social and political life. It was said that Hampton's personal library was one of the most extensive private collections in the country.

"The second Wade Hampton had served his father long and well, sharing in the management of the Hampton empire, spending much time at Houmas." After his father's death, he continued to "manage his plantations and even invest in mines and railroads".....however, "he seemed better suited to spending money than accumulating it."

During the national debate over slavery and secession, in the 1850's, the Hamptons favored the Union, although they were the largest slaveholders in the South (having some 3,000 slaves).

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Colonel Wade Hampton II, USA's Timeline

April 21, 1791
Richland County, SC, USA
- 1809
Age 15
South Carolina College

Entered college as a sophmore. Left college to handle some of the plantation business with his father's factor, Christopher Fitzsimons, from Charleston (later to be his father-in-law).

March 28, 1818
Age 26
Charleston, SC, USA
August 11, 1821
Age 30
April 16, 1823
Age 31