Wade Hampton - Columbia, South Carolina
Posted by: BruceS
N 33° 59.997 W 081° 01.939
17S E 497015 N 3762150
Quick Description: Statue of Confederate Civil War General and later South Carolina Governor and U.S. Senator on the Capitol grounds in front of building named after the General.
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 3/24/2013 8:29:08 PM
Waymark Code: WMGNN6
The bronze statue is of Wade Hampton III riding his horse. He is wearing his military uniform, he is holding his hat in one hand and reins in the other. The horse is in a walking gait with its head down. The statue stands on a granite base.
From the Smithsonian Art Inventory:
"Wade Hampton (1818-1902) was a Confederate general known as one of the world's greatest cavalry leaders. In his later years he served as governor of South Carolina (1876-1879) and United States senator (1879-1891). When Hampton died in 1902, officials of the State of South Carolina moved quickly to erect a statue in his honor. The cost of the sculpture was $30,000, for which the state appropriated $20,000; the remaining $10,000 was raised through voluntary subscriptions by citizens of the state. The base was designed by M. J. L. Fougerousse, of Paris. Originally, the base had raised bronze lettering, which was removed ca. 1931; the Columbia Stone Company then engraved the inscriptions directly on the base. The sculpture was originally positioned on the northeast side of the State House, but when the grounds were relandscaped, the sculpture was relocated to the front of the Wade Hampton Office Building in October 1969. In the mid-1960s, vandals broke off part of Hampton's sword; it was replaced in December 1984 when the sculpture was restored."
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