The first turkey shoot will be Saturday, and the second will be Nov. 5 at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. The benefit begins at 8 a.m. and runs through 1 p.m., both days.
“We’re looking forward to putting on a great turkey shoot with plenty of prizes for everyone,” said Barry Forkum, commander of the Hatton Camp. “We’re anticipating a good event with lots of good-natured competition. This is our third year, and we have good crowd at every event. We’ll have turkeys, country hams and some big packs of thick-sliced bacon. It’s really a lot of fun.”
All proceeds go toward the restoration of the 7th Tennessee Infantry flag. This flag is an important artifact as six of the 10 companies that made up the regiment were from Wilson County. Members of the regiment were mustered into service in July 1861 and commanded by Lebanon’s own Brig. Gen. Robert H. Hatton. The flag is currently in storage at the Tennessee State Museum.
A 1960s restoration of the flag, which encased it in rough nylon netting sewn tightly by machine, is gradually tearing the flag apart. The conservation treatment will consist of removing this netting stitch by stitch and framing the flag for display. The Gen. Robert H. Hatton Camp has committed to take the lead in raising $27,000 for the restoration of this flag.
“The 7th Tennessee flag hasn’t been seen by the public in years. I know there are a lot people around here who have ancestors who fought under this very flag, and we’re anxious to raise enough money to have it restored,” said Forkum, “This is one of our major projects, and I hope the community will come out and support our efforts to restore this flag.”
The 7th Tennessee Infantry Regiment served as part of the Tennessee Brigade, which operated as part of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. The 7th Tennessee had a long history of courage and determination as evidenced by its participation in every major battle in which the Army of Northern Virginia fought, including part of Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg. By April 2, 1865, the entire brigade consisted of only 860 men and 87 officers. Of these, the 7th Tennessee had only 134 survivors remaining in the regiment. The 7th Tennessee would continue to fight right up until the surrender of the Army of Virginia at Appomattox.
The Lebanon-based Robert H. Hatton Camp is an affiliate member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and works throughout the year as an historical honor society, seeking to perpetuate the true history of the South through preserving and honoring Southern culture and heritage.