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Robert Hatton Speech

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2718

  • Staff Only

This collection consists of an eight-page reprint of a speech that Robert Hopkins Hatton gave in the U. S. House of Representatives on February 8, 1861. It documents Hatton's opinion that secession from the United States would cause "our fair land [to be] scourged and blighted as by the hand of an angry God." Among the methods Hatton proposes to avert war are repealing personal liberty laws, amending the U. S. Constitution to prohibit the abolition of slavery, and resolving the question of whether or not slavery will be legal in newly acquired territories.

Dates

  • 1861

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of an eight-page reprint of a speech that Robert Hopkins Hatton gave in the U. S. House of Representatives on February 8, 1861. It documents Hatton's opinion that secession from the United States would cause "our fair land [to be] scourged and blighted as by the hand of an angry God." Among the methods Hatton proposes to avert war are repealing personal liberty laws, amending the U. S. Constitution to prohibit the abolition of slavery, and resolving the question of whether or not slavery will be legal in newly acquired territories.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Hopkins Hatton was born in Ohio, but moved to Tennessee with his family at an early age. He earned both a bachelor's degree and a legal degree from Cumberland University and was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1850. He soon became involved in politics, and was elected to the Tennessee State Legislature in 1855 and to the U. S. Congress in 1859.

Although Hatton originally believed that secession should be avoided, he reconsidered his position when President Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers to invade the Confederate States of America. Hatton formed a military unit, the Lebanon Blues, and was soon elected Colonel of the 7th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to Brigadier General on May 23, 1862, and was killed in the Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks) just eight days later.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in January of 2006.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480