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This statue is on the grounds of the state capitol of South Carolina in Columbia. I like the light on the statue at night.

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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  • Copyright: Karl Braun (texson65) (22)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-03-21
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/4 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-06-12 12:18
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