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Located in the center of the opening shot of the HattonCam is the statue of Gen. Robert Hopkins Hatton (Nov. 2, 1826-May 31, 1862), who was a Cumberland University graduate, lawyer, politician, United States Congressman, and Confederate officer during the American Civil War.
The Robert H. Hatton Camp #723 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is named in his memory and honor, and assists in maintaining the statue, wrought-iron fence and surrounding lawn. For more information about the Robert H. Hatton Camp, visit its Web site at http://hatton.scv.org/.
Who was Brig. Gen. Robert H. Hatton?
Hatton was born in Steubenville, Ohio, but, early in his life, his family moved to Tennessee. He graduated from Cumberland University, then studied law there at Cumberland School of Law and established a successful practice in Lebanon, Tenn., after passing the bar exam in 1850.
He joined the Whig Party and was elected to the State Legislature in 1855. He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1857. He was elected to the Thirty-sixth Congress in 1858 as an Opposition party candidate (the Whig party had collapsed), where he served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy.
Hatton believed that the Union should be preserved and initially opposed secession. However, after President Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers to invade the Southern states, Hatton reversed his position and formed a Confederate military unit, the Lebanon Blues, which became a part of the 7th Tennessee. Hatton was soon elected as colonel of the regiment, which was sent to western Virginia in July 1861.
In 1862, Hatton and his men were ordered to the Richmond area to stop Federal Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's drive on the Confederate capital. During the resulting Peninsula Campaign, Hatton served with distinction, and on May 23, 1862, he was promoted to brigadier general of the 4th Brigade, 1st Division, Army of Northern Virginia; this appointment was not confirmed by the Confederate Congress. Just eight days later, he was shot in the head and killed while leading his Tennessee Brigade at the Battle of Fair Oaks.
His body was returned to Tennessee for burial, but because Middle Tennessee was occupied by Federal troops, he was temporarily buried at Knoxville. On March 23, 1866, he was reburied in Lebanon's Cedar Grove Cemetery. A statue of him was erected in Lebanon's town square in 1912.
• Cummings, Charles M., "Robert Hopkins Hatton: Reluctant Rebel." Tennessee Historical Quarterly Number 23, June 1964, pages 169-81.
• Eicher, John H., and Eicher, David J., Civil War High Commands, Stanford University Press, 2001, ISBN 0- 8047-3641-3.
 Eicher, p. 600.
 "Lebanon, Tennessee: A Tour of Our City (PDF).” Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved on Feb. 5, 2007.
LOVE THE HATTONCAM!! THANK YOU!!
danggg wish i could rewind to that fight the other night lol
I"ll tell you folks something, the hatton cam is great, i was born and raised in lebanon and now live in south alabama, nothing like home been away for about 30 yr visit family time to time that still live there, but looking at the cam sure brings back old memories,i use to hang out on the square in the early 70s and 80, when you had real friends, thanks for the memories !!!
Again I'm currently in China and have been for the past 2 weeks. Can't wait to get back home for the Thanksgiving holidays. This web cam remains the next best thing to being there.
The more I travel, the more I realize how much I love Lebanon!!
love both cams keep it up.I now live in frankfort ky
I love the Hatton cam. I was raised in Lebanon, graduated from LHS in 1976 and it makes me feel right at home when I view the square. So many good memories there! I love coming home every chance I get!
The public square looks great from Xiamen China. It's nice to see people actually obeying the traffic laws. No driving on the wrong side of the road or passing on the sidewalks.
I Love the Cam I was born and raised in Lebanon remember the nights talking to my friends on the square.
I try to come back once a year or so my Dad and Brothers and their families still live there.
Thanks so much it keeps me from being so homesick.
Vanessa Raines Stuff
Daytona Beach FL
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I travel to China several times a year and it's easy to get homesick. I'm currently in Jhuhai China now (3/29/09) and have been here for almost 3 weeks. It's nice to be able to see what's going at the ole' homeplace downtown. Next best thing to being there. The web cam is awesome!!
Great Idea! To have control of the picture direction is a fun feature. Thanks!
it was a great idea to put these cams up. put some more up around town,i am a former residence its nice to veiw my home town from north georgia.
where's the cam?
I've haven't seen the Christmas parade since moving to Hagerstown,Md. Thanks for the web cam.
This is Great! I am from Lebanon,but have lived in Va.Beach for the past 20 yrs.I try to go back once or twice a year to visit my family.Thanks to this I feel much closer than 12 hours away!Great job!Hope to see more cams put up!
Thank you so much for the Hatton Cam! I used to live in Lebanon...a transplant from Texas...and now live in Providence, RI. I still consider Lebanon my home and get back occassionally as one of my daughters still lives there. The cam is so great when I get homesick and does well to fill the need when I can't get back home as aften as I'd like. Thanks again.
Good memories were made on that old town square!!! I too have moved away, I do miss you Lebanon. Hello to all my old friends, I still love ya!!!!! michael woodard.
GREAT TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE SQUARE WE ALL GREW UP ON . PLUS THE PRESERVATION THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO GEN HATTON . THANK YOU AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
Thank you just doesn't really express how happy this makes me. It is exciting to see Lebanon again after so many years living too far away to visit. I miss the place.
I would love to see a cam from the university tower top. Maybe one looking down from four mile hill would be a great view. Thank you for putting it up, That's why the Lebanon Democrat is still a stand up business.
Cool. I hope you'll add other cameras around town. A Fair cam? Christmas parade cam?
I CANT GET THE HATTON CAM TO WORK. tramo1
I was born and raised in Lebanon, now live in Hagerstown Md. I think its great being able to see my old hang aout again
I've never gotten this to work!
It is great to see the town square and all the other views. We lived there for 8 years and it brings back memories.
Love Being Able To Veiw Our Town. Thanks so Much
I Love Being Able To View In On The Square And Other Places Around Town. Great Idea For Everyone
The pictures were shaking when I first got on, but the range is really good. (Close-ups of some rooftops show the need for repairs!) Is the camera located East of the square? I could not see directly south from the square, except at long range.
I can see my house from here!!
I would have to agree, this is great. Born and raised in Lebanon, now live in NE Indiana. Now when the weather is bad I can check for myself on my family that is still in the area. Great ideal. Thank you
Looks the same as it did when i moved,i remember getting a few tickets around that square,it does feel good to jump online and see a lil window back home,good job!
I lived in Lebanon and I miss the people the place,I live in Canada now and I visit once a year now I can look everyday thank you.
I stand corrected on signing in. This is too awesome. Don't use AOL. Use Explorer
Exciting! I'm a homesick CALGAL and I miss the Square so much. Thanks for giving it back to me.
Why can't I connect to the cam? When I click on it it will say connecting but then it goes to disconnected.
This is great,extremely good quality,great views,YEE HAA now I can watch Slammin & Jammin from the comfort of my easy chair
Really glad you provided this info on General Hatton. I've lived in Lebanon most of my life and never took the time to look up his Bio.
As Paul Harvey says:Now "I" know...The rest of the story."
excellent,,,really enjoying the views..born and raised in Lebanon 59yrs ago.