Wade Hampton papers, 1791-1907.

Creator: Hampton, Wade, 1752-1835.
Collection number: 871
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Abstract: Antebellum business correspondence and antebellum and Civil War family correspondence of three generations of Wade Hamptons: Wade Hampton I (175421835), army officer and U.S. representative from Virginia; Wade Hampton II (1791-1858); and Wade Hampton III (1818-1902), Confederate Army officer and governor and U.S. senator of South Carolina. The bulk of the papers are those of Wade Hampton I and concern his Houmas sugar plantation in Ascension Parish, La., and his South Carolina rice and cotton plantations, including the purchase of plantation supplies and the marketing of his crops, chiefly 1829-1835. Personal papers of Wade Hampton II and Wade Hampton III include letters to Mary Fisher Hampton, daughter and sister, respectively, concerning family, social, and plantation news from Walnut Ridge and Wild Woods, Miss., and letters from Wade Hampton III to his first wife, Margaret (Preston) Hampton (b. 1851), from England and Scotland, 1846 (typed transcript copies); and to his second wife in the late 1850s and during the Civil War. Later items concern family history and do not relate to Wade Hampton III’s political or military careers.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Miscellaneous letters and papers related to the Hampton family of South Carolina. Included are notes on plantation life and slavery (1855); jail bills for captured runaway slaves (1829- 1835); and an undated note on the “Resolution of the Slave Trade.” Microfilm only.