“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lebanon in Wilson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Site of Robert H. Hatton Home

Early Casualty of the War

Site of Robert H. Hatton Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 22, 2013
1. Site of Robert H. Hatton Home Marker
Inscription. On this site was the home of Robert H. Hatton that was unfortunately destroyed by fire after the war. He was born in October in 1826, but early in his life his family moved to Lebanon. He graduated from Cumberland University and then studied law at Cumberland School of Law. Admitted to the bar in 1850, Hatton established a successful practice in Lebanon. In December 1852, he married Sophie K. Reilly of Williamson County, Tennessee. They had three children.

Hatton joined the Whig Party and was elected to the state legislature in 1855. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1857. He was elected to the Thirty-sixth U.S. Congress in 1858 and chaired the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy. Although he opposed secession and believed that the Union should be preserved, after President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers following the attack on Fort Sumter, Hatton reversed his position. He organized a volunteer company for State service, the Lebanon Blues (soon part of the 7th Tennessee Infantry). Hatton was elected the regimentís colonel at Camp Trousdale in Sumner County, Tennessee, and was sent to western Virginia in July 1861.

On May 23, 1862, Hatton was promoted to brigadier general of the Tennessee Brigade, 1st Division, Army of Northern Virginia. Eight days later, he was killed while leading
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By Don Morfe, July 22, 2013
2. Site of Robert H. Hatton Home Marker
his brigade at the Battle of Seven Pines in Virginia. His body was returned to Tennessee, but because Federal troops occupied Middle Tennessee, he was temporarily interred in Knoxville. On March 23, 1866, Hatton was reburied in Lebanonís Cedar Grove Cemetery. His statue is atop the Confederate monument erected on Lebanonís town square in 1912.

(Inscription under the photo in the upper left side)
Gen. Robert H. Hatton-Courtesy of Library of Congress.

(Inscription under the photo in the bottom right side)
Seven Pines Battlefield, Virginia, 1912. Hatton was killed late in the afternoon of May 31, 1862, while leading his brigade in an attack on a Union position in a “low ditch” in a wooded area like this one.-Library of Congress
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 12.533′ N, 86° 17.933′ W. Marker is in Lebanon, Tennessee, in Wilson County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and Hatton Road, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lebanon TN 37087, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Caruthers Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert Looney Caruthers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Neddy Jacobs Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away); History of the Logs Used in this Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Lebanon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wilson County Courthouses (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lebanon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Veterans and Robert H. Hatton Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lebanon.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 49 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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