Robert Hopkins Hatton

Brigadier General

Monuments: Find-a-Grave---Monument on the right is located on Lebanon square.

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

Robert Hopkins Hatton, a native of Ohio, was born at either Steubenville or Youngstown, November 2, 1826, and was graduated from Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1847. While a tutor at the latter institution and later, while principal of a local school, he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1850. He served as a member of the state house of representatives from 1855 to 1857, was an unsuccessful candidate for governor in the latter year, and in 1859 was elected to Congress by the American (Know-Nothing) party, where he sat until 1861. Commissioned colonel of the 7th Tennessee Infantry on May 26, 1861, he served in the Cheat Mountain campaign under General W. W. Loring that summer and fall, and under Stonewall Jackson the following winter. Hatton was promoted brigadier general on May 23, 1862, and eight days afterwards with his command (later Archer's) took part in the battle of Seven Pines under General Joseph E. Johnston. On the afternoon of May 31, 1862, while attacking in the tangled woods around Fair Oaks Station, he was instantly killed at the head of his brigade. He is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Lebanon.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.