David Duncan Wallace Papers - Accession 605
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David Duncan Wallace (1874-1951) was a Professor of History at Wofford College from 1899 through 1947 and was the author of the three volume set titled, History of South Carolina published in 1934.
Colonel James Alfred Hoyt (1837-1904) was a Confederate soldier during the American Civil War and served in Company B 14th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers. He served as editor for The Anderson Intelligencer (1860-1877), The Columbia Register (1877-1879), The Baptist Courier (1879-1891), and The Mountaineer (1892-1904). He also served as Secretary of the South Carolina Democratic State Committee during the campaign of 1876 “and as such was selected by the Campaign Committee to present to General Hampton at Abbeville the proposal to withdraw the electoral ticket which had been urged upon the committee by Judges Mackey and Cooke the day previously at Columbia.” (Note written by Dr. David Duncan Wallace)
Martin Witherspoon Gary (1831-1881) was a Confederate Brigadier General during the American Civil War and an attorney and politician from South Carolina. He served in the State Senate from 1876-1881 and aided Wade Hampton III in his campaign to become South Carolina Governor in 1876. Gary was an outspoken racist who worked with “Red Shirts” (a white supremacist paramilitary group) to help suppress black voting in the state through bribery and intimidation.
Wade Hampton III (1818-1902) was a Confederate Lieutenant General during the American Civil War and was a US Senator from SC from 1879-1891, Governor of South Carolina from 1876-1879, South Carolina state Senator (1858-1861), and served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1852-1858.
John Cheves Haskell (1841-1906) was a Civil War Confederate Army Officer who rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and commanded a battalion of artillery in General James Longstreet’s 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. He was present at the Surrender at Appomattox. After the war he practiced law and served in the South Carolina State Legislature from 1877-1890. He married Confederate General Wade Hampton’s daughter, Sarah Buchanan Hampton Haskell (1845-1886).
Alexander Cheves Haskell (1839-1910) was a Civil War Confederate Army Officer who rose to the rank of Colonel of the 7th South Carolina Calvary. After the war he was elected Associate Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court and served from 1877-1879. He married Confederate General Edward Porter Alexander’s sister, Alice van Yeveren Alexander Haskell (1848-1902).
William Henry Wallace (1827-1901) was a Confederate Army Brigadier General during the American Civil War. He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1860 and from 1872-1877. He was Speaker of the state House from 1876-1877. He was also a circuit court judge from 1877 through 1893.
Samuel McGowan (1819-1897) was a Confederate Brigadier General during the American Civil War. McGowan was elected to US Congress as a member of the Conservative Party, but refused his seat. He became a leader in the fight against “carpetbagger” influences in the state’s legislature. He was elected as an associate justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court in 1879 and served there until July 1894
Scope and Content Note
The David Duncan Wallace Papers consists of microfiche copies of letters written to and from Colonel John Cheves Haskell (1841-1906), Colonel Alexander Cheves Haskell (1839-1910), and Colonel James Alfred Hoyt (1837-1904) and a “Statement by General William H. Wallace, as to interview between General [Samuel] McGown and General [Martin Witherspoon] Gary, dated December 20, 1879” regarding the withdrawal of South Carolina Democratic electors in 1880. Also, included is an unpublished article by Col. Hoyt titled “Gary and Hampton” written in about January 1880 while he was editor of The Baptist Courier. The article concerns General Martin Witherspoon Gary (1831-1881) and General Wade Hampton III (1818-1902) and the split in the 1880 state Democratic Party between their respective supporters for the 1880 South Carolina governor race.
Microfiched documents include:
- Letter, December 19, 1879, John C. Haskell to James A. Hoyt.
- Letter, December 20, 1879, James A. Hoyt to Samuel McGowan.
- Statement by General William H. Wallace, as to interview between General Samuel McGowan and General Gary, dated December 20, 1879.
- Letter, December 22, 1879, Col. Alexander C. Haskell to James A. Hoyt.
- Letter, January 28, 1880, John C. Haskell to James A. Hoyt.
- Letter, February 7, 1880, James A. Hoyt to John C. Haskell.
The microfiche was purchased from the South Carolina Historical Society.
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Finding Aid Citation
Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections, Winthrop University, "David Duncan Wallace Papers - Accession 605". Finding Aid 1048.
LC Subject Headings
Wallace, David Duncan, 1874-1951; Wallace, David Duncan, 1874-1951--Correspondence; Electoral college--South Carolina--History; Democratic Party (S.C.)--History; South Carolina--Politics and government--1865-1950
There are digital scans of the microfiche available for use in the Pettus Archives Research Area.