Wade Hampton Manning


Wade Hampton Manning

Death 5 Apr 1911 (aged 65)
Burial Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Plot Sq 17 Lot 27 Grave 8
Memorial ID 77792383 View Source
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Gentleman of the Old School Died Yesterday Morning

War Record and Service in Peace Well Known to Many-Was Scholarly Writer

Wade Hampton Manning died yesterday morning at 3:20 o'clock at his home, 1500 Washington Street, after an illness of only a few days. The cause of his death was pneumonia. The passing away of this gentleman of the old school removes from South Carolina one whom, kepping alive the traditions of his ancestry, inspired those who came after him, and who knew him, with all that could be desired in the Southland's history. His death removes one who has done much to preserve these records and his gentleness helped to maintaikn the high standard recognized before the days of 1860. the news of his death caused sorrow among his associates and friends. Wade Manning was always modest and retiring and it was with great difficulty that even his closest friends could secure from him many particulars in his career.

Mr Manning, son of Gov James Lawrence Manning, was born October 6, 1845. His older brother, Richard I Manning, has been dead for some years, and so has his sister, Mary Hampton Richardson, wife of Maj Henry Richardson of Columbia. Mrs David R Williams of Camden is his half-sister. Col Manning's mother was before her marriage Miss Susie Hampton, aunt of Gen Wade Hampton. Col Manning leaves his wife, formerly Miss Kate McLean of Richland County, and three children: Richard Lawrence Manning of Georgia, and Miss Kate Hampton Manning, and Mrs Susie Manning Inglesby, wife of Legare Inglesby of Columbia. Col Manning and R I Manning of Sumter, who happened to be in Columbia Wednesday, were first cousins.

Col Manning was educated at Heidelberg and returned to this country shortly before Sumter was fired on, running away from Hillsboro academy, Hillsboro, NC, to join the Charleston Light Dragoons for the war. He served with that command on the Carolina coast and went with it to Virginia. After the battle of Hawe's Shop, May 28, 1864, in which his company was badly cut up along with the rest of Butler's cavalry, the command was withdrawn by Gen Hampton, shortly after dark. Federal prisoners said these troopers didn't know when they were whipped; in this engagement they had been surrounded and greatly outnumbered, but fought on as if they were victors. After the Hawes' Shop battle, Gen Hampton took Mr Manning to his office, saying, "Wade, hereafter you'll ride with me, boot to boot." Col Manning accordingly served as Gen Hampton's ordinary from the until the close of the war.

Afterward Col Manning served Gov Hampton as private secretary and held the same relation to Govs. Simpson, Jeter, and Hagood. The interval between the close of the War Between the Sections and the opening of the Hampton campaign to redeem the Stte from negro domination was spent by Col Manning in congenial labors as a sugar planter upon one of the family estates at Point Homus, about 30 miles above New Orleans, on the Mississippi. From the summer of 1882 until the fally of 1886, Col Manning lived on his brother's plantation in Orangeburg county. He returned to Columbia as State pension agent, under Comptroller General John S Verner, but resigned on December 4, 1890, when Capt B R Tillman was inaugurated as governor.

In recent years, Col manning has been in retirement, finding his chief pleasure in the companionship of his old friends and his books. His education was quite exceptional and he had read widely and wisely. It is lamentable that more examples of his classically pure and simple style do not exist. The few writings of his that are extant indicate how delightfully he might have written had he taken up literature as a profession.

He wrote a series of articles for The State on racing befor the war that attracted wide attention.

U R Brooks, who was Col Manning's comrade in Butler's cavalry, remarked Wednesday that the fact that Gen Wade Hampton's death, April 11, 1902, occurred exactly 25 years after his demand was made through Col Manning for the keys of the capitol.

Very modestly Mr Manning detailed some incidents in his career to A J Bethea recently after the latter had written for some particulars of his life. The latter was as follows:
"My Dear Sir: Pardon delay in replying to your note of the 13 inst., out I have b een so much engaged that it was impossible to respond. I served Gen Wade Hampton as acting private secretary when the dual government was of force. Chamberlain held the office at the State House and Gen Hampton occupied offices over what was then known as the McKenzie store on Main Street, near Wright's hotel. I taught school in the day for Hugh S Thompson and served the general as secretary at night.
"I was regularly appointed to the office April 11, 1877, and by order of Gov Hampton carried the note demanding the surrender of the State House from Gov D H Chamberlain at noon that day. On the same day, immediately after the surrender, and by order of Gov Hampton, Col Williams Butler, the chief constable, with a force of men, sealed the doors of every departmet until they were opened by order of the supreme court, and Gov Hampton took possession.
"I served as private secretary for Gov Hampton 1876-1879. He was elected United States Senator and resigned the executive chair in February 1879, the unexpired term being filled by Lieut Gov William Dunlap Simpson. I was private secretary for Gov Simpson 1879-1880. Gov Simpson resigned in September 1880, having been elected Chief Justice. Thompson B Jeter, president of the Senate, succeeded Gov Simpson and I served to the end of his term. Johnson Hagood became governor, 1880-1882, I was retained but resigned my office in the early months of 1882 and moved to my brother's plantation in Orangeburg county.
"The latter part of 1886 I returned to this city, having received the appointment of pension agent in the office of John S Verner, comptroller general, remaining in that department until the election of B R Tillman. As I was not in sympathy with him or the party he represented, I was decapitated when he assumed office.

Yesterday his associates mourned for him and today at 1 o'clock at Trinity church the funeral services will take place. The pallbearers will be: John Taylor, John T Seibels, George Dial, Julius H Walker, Preston Darby, E S Dreher, W Hampton Gibbes, and C Wardlaw Moorman. The interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery.

April 6, 1911 The State, page 1 and 3
Gallant Confederate Veteran Sleeps at Elmwood


The remains of the late Col Wade Hampton Manning, a gallant soldier [and] polished gentleman of the old school, were laid to rest yesterday in Elmwood cemetery. The simple Episcopal funeral service was red in Trinity church yesterday at 1 o'clock by Rev Kirkman G Finlay, the pastor.

The members of Camp Hampton, the veterans from the Confederate Home, and the M C Butler and Wade Hampton chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy attended the funeral in a body, as a tribute of special respect for the late Col Manning, who was closely connected with each one of the organizations.

During the funeral service, Trinity church was filled almost to its capacity. Columbia mourns the passing of Wade Hampton Manning. His death from pneumonia early Wednesday morning came as a great shock to his many friends, who loved him for his unfailing courtesy, his gentleness, and kindness of heart.

The members of the immediate family of the late Col Manning are his widow, who was Miss Kate McLean, and three children, Richard Lawrence Manning, Mrs Legare Inglesby, and Miss Kate Hampton Manning. The deceased was the son of Gov John Lawrence Manning. His mother was before her marriage, Miss Susie Hampton, the aunt of Wade Hampton.

Col Manning was private secretary to four governors-Hampton, Jeter, Simpson and Hagood in the dark days after the War Between the States.

Of late Col Manning had found time to devote to writing reminiscences of the war, antebellum days and reconstruction times, which aside from their excellent stylistic qualities, were intensely interesting on account of his intimate association with the men of whom he wrote.

April 7, 1911 The State


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