Dr John P Hampton
Dr John P Hampton, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Huntsville, Ala, fell asleep on June 8, 1907. Doctor Hampton was born in Lawrence County, Ala, January 22, 1825. He graduated from Lagrange Military Academy. He moved to Monroe (now Clay) County, Miss, and while engaged in farming there he studied medicine under Dr Clapp, graduating from the Pennsylvania Medical College in 1850.
At the outbreak of the Civil War he entered the Confederate Army as a private. He organized a company of infantry, and was elected its Captain. This became Company F, of the 43d Mississippi Regiment, under Col William H Moore. He was in all of the battles fought by that regiment up to that at Franklin, Tenn, November 30, 1864, where he was severely wounded, losing his right foot, and he was made a prisoner. He was kindly cared for by Mrs John McGavock, and while there, wounded and a prisoner, a lady cousin of his came prepared to help him escape; but he refused to accept his freedom because his escape would have caused the removal of the other prisoners, many of whom were in such a critical condition that moving them would have been certain death.
From the McGavock home he was carried to Nashville (where he received many kindnesses from Father Ryan), and from there to Camp Chase, Ohio, where he was still imprisoned when the war closed. He was made Major just before the battle of Franklin, but was wounded and taken prisoner before receiving commission. He was acting as Lieutenant Colonel in that desperate charge between the railroad and the pike.
After the war Dr Hampton with several others contributed several hundred dollars toward the expense of conveying and removing the Confederate dead from the battlefield to the McGavock Cemetery. In 1872 he removed with his family to Madison County, Ala, where he continued to reside until his death. He first married Miss Amanda Evans, of Monroe County, Miss, who lived only a few years. His second wife was Miss Susan A Burt, of Lawrence County, Miss, who died in 1836, leaving three children, John M and William Burt, of Madison County, Ala. And P H Hampton, now residing in Lincoln County, Tenn. In 1868 he married Miss Mary T Battle, of Madison County, Ala, who died in May, 1884, leaving no children.
Dr Hampton?s grandfather, Samuel Hampton, who fought for American independence, and Gen Wade Hampton, of Revolutionary fame, were descendants of Sir John Hampton, from whom Hampton Roads receives its name. Dr Hampton had in his possession several bonds of the State of North Carolina issued in 1780, which were given to his grandfather for services in the Continental Army and which were never redeemed.
His was a life as full of useful deeds and active good as it was of honorable years. He was a man who in all the relations of life gave his fellow man an example of the ideal citizen. He always promptly answered the call of duty, bravely met the responsibilities of life and faithfully discharged them. He was not only a man of convictions but courage, yet was ever considerate of the opinions of those who differed from him. He was loyal to his Church, faithful to his country, true to his friends, obliging to his neighbors, devoted and tenderly affectionate in his family, and had lived, as he died, a consistent Christian. For fifty years he was deacon in the Baptist Church, and for twenty-one years he was Moderator of the Liberty Baptist Association. Twice he represented Madison County in the Legislature. He was a zealous Mason, for years serving his lodge as Worshipful Master. He was also interested in agriculture, and was President of the old Farmers? Club of Madison County, and under his wise leadership his county for many years won the first prize in the State fairs.
The last seventeen years of his life were devoted almost exclusively to the service of his Church and the people of his county and State. He was intensely interested in the cause of education, and accomplished much in that line. He was a devoted Confederate and a member of the Egbert Jones Camp, at Huntsville.
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