The Bloody South Carolina Election of 1876
Wade Hampton III, the Red Shirt Campaign for Governor and the End of Reconstruction
About the Book
For more than 10 years after the close of the Civil War, South Carolina experienced unrest, disenfranchisement and military occupation under Republican Party rule. This book examines the gubernatorial election of 1876, in which the state’s most celebrated Civil War general created a united front in the Democratic Party and wrested control of politics from the Republicans.
Of particular note are the ways in which the race, with its disqualified ballots, delays and wrangling, prefigured the 2000 election. For four months, the state endured two warring Houses of Representatives and teetered on the brink of civil war until Washington intervened.
About the Author(s)
Retired minister Jerry L. West is a local historian of York County, South Carolina. He has written three books on York County and numerous articles.
Jerry L. West
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 30 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
Table of Contents
1. Redemption’s Nativity 11
2. Satan’s Rule 22
3. The Redeemer Cometh 55
4. All the Redeemer’s Men 87
5. Casting Out Satan 110
6. Redeemed! 133
Appendix 1. The Making of South Carolina 175
Appendix 2. Asbury Coward 178
Appendix 3. Lewis Mason Grist 182
Appendix 4. General Evader McIver Law 184
Appendix 5. Isaac Donnom Witherspoon, Jr. 186
Appendix 6. Diary of Dr. James Rufus Bratton 189