(1818–1902) Confederate general, born in Charleston, South Carolina. Hampton was the creator of Hampton's Legion who fought with J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry corps at Antietam (1862), led a series of successful raids the following winter (1862–63), and was wounded at Gettysburg (1863). After Stuart's death (1864), he replaced him as corps commander. After the war Hampton, one of the wealthiest men in the South, was elected governor in 1876 and again in 1878, but that same year was named to the U.S. Senate, where he remained until 1891.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.