He was a South Carolina Major-General in the American Civil War and is remembered by this quite popular Northumbrian hornpipe of unknown origin.
Northumbrians got about. My parents’ house in Durham was once lived in by two brothers who ended up in America fighting on opposite sides in the Civil War.
I like how the tune ends on G but the key is 2 sharps. R there any other Northumbrian tunes you know like that? The 4th of the scale sharpened or slightly sharped is a huge characteristic of tunes from the Mid-Atlantic Appalachian Region. (In olden times)
I’ve heard recordings of this played by Northumbrian musos before, but the tunes origins are American, apparently.
From FC: "The composition is attributed to Frank Livingston in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, whose name is attached to several tunes in the collection—most having Southern titles. The title honors Wade Hampton, born in Charleston on March 28, 1818, into one of the richest families of the antebellum South. They owned and operated plantations not only in South Carolina but Mississippi as well. Hampton, who was married twice, had five children by his first wife, and when she died he wed again and had four more children. He was a politician before the war, rising to become a state senator in the years just prior to the hostilities. When war broke out he resigned and accepted a Colonel’s commission in the Confederate army. Hampton proved to be an able soldier and received several promotions. He replaced Jeb Stuart as Lee’s cavalry commander after the latter was slain, and was only the second cavalryman to rise to the rank of Lieutenant General (in 1865). After the war Hampton re-entered politics and in 1876 narrowly defeated Daniel Chamberlain by 1,134 votes. Chamberlain protested the results and took the oath of office, but the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hampton (although Hampton was barred from the Statehouse by federal troops until April 10, 1877. He was re-elected in 1878 as Governor but resigned to become a United States Senator and served two terms. He died in 1902."
I’d say the key sig is just a careless mistake.
Quite right about the G major. I don’t know how D crept in (probably ‘cos I couldn’t cut and paste it all) - it is in G in my pad.
As usual, once posted, you can’t change the key, so the ABC has been fiddled so it reads OK in D major.
I wondered why a Confederate general woiuld be popular in the Northeast of England. Given the displeasure of the English workers with Pres. Lincoln until he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and the labor history of the Northeast, I would think the richest man and largest slave owner in the Antebellum south would not have been particularly well regarded.
Did the source book cited above specifically refer to THIS Wade Hampton? he was Wade Hampton, III. His father and grandfather had been similarly involved in politics and the military. His grandfather, Wade Hampton I, was a Brigadier in the War of 1812. His father, Wade II, was on Gen, Jackson’s staff at New Orleans. Could one of these other Wade Hamptons be THE Wade Hampton immortalized by the tune?
It’s a great tune, though. It goes well with President Lincoln’s Hornpipe.
Wade Hampton’s, X:2
Here is another version of this hornpipe, found in Craig’s Empire Collection of Hornpipes (c 1910) in which the tune – named “Hampton’s” – was written in B flat major.