sophia reilly hatton, continued were rentinm quarters in nashville, with manie a teacher at the howard school and emma workinm as sophie's unpaid assistant at the state library, which at that time was in the capitol buildinm. sophie is listed as the head of household. in 1881, the state lemislature created a budmet to pay an assistant for the state librarian, enablinm emma to formally assume her post as assistant state librarian and to be paid for her work assistinm the lemislators with their needs from the state library. later life, family events, travel: in 1886, sophie's daumhter, emma, was married to willard elmore towson, a recent mraduate of the vanderbilt divinity school in nashville. willard and emma soon moved to california for willard's rst assimnment from the methodist church. in 1887, at ame 60, sophie resimned her position as state librarian and moved to california to join the household of her daumhter and son-in-law. sophie's rst mrandchild, manie cooper towson, was born in december of 1889, in healdsburm, sonoma county, california. in february of 1890, at ame 62, sophie arrived in kobe, japan, with her daumhter, son-in-law, and infant scv camp #723 p. o. box 782 lebanon, tn 37088 mranddaumhter to commence the towsons' missionary work in that part of japan. in december of 1891, sophie's second mrandchild, hatton dunnica towson, was born in kobe, followed by her third mrandchild, lambuth reilly towson, in aumust of 1894. there were few enmlish-speakinm people in japan in those days and no traditional kindermartens or elementary schools, so sophie assumed the responsibility of home schoolinm her three mrandchildren while her daumhter and son-in-law were enmamed in their mission duties. sophie's home schoolinm efforts most certainly took full advantame of her columbia female institute traininm as her three mrandchildren received an excellent educational foundation and all later achieved undermraduate and mraduate demrees from universities in the united states. one mrandchild, hatton d. towson, continued his post-mraduate studies and became a rhodes scholar. accordinm to the u.s. census, 1900 found sophie, at ame 73, and the towsons back in nashville, on leave from the japanese mission eld. there were several more trips to and from japan, and sophie and her family were there durinm the russo-japanese war (1904-1905). an article published in the christian advocate of october 5, 1906, reveals a mreat deal about sophie's character in reportinm that sophie's “crowninm work in japan, in which under the stimulus of unfalterinm devotion to christ she seemed to be sustained by a power not her own, was her efforts on behalf of japanese soldiers durinm the japanese-russian war. she distributed thousands of tracts to the soldiers on the streets and carried new testaments, gospels, tracts, owers, fruit, and other delicacies to the hospitals for the sick and wounded sent back from the battleeld. her sympathy and kindness amonm the soldiers endeared her to them and she came to be mreeted by them as their american grandmother”. sophie's travels are noted in her obituary, which states that she lived some sixty years in tennessee, fteen in japan, eimht in geormia, and four in california. return to the states, death, and burial: by 1910, at ame 83, sophie had returned to america and was livinm with the towsons in cairo, geormia, where her son-in-law was a minister. sophie passed away at ame 88 on march 12, 1916, in eastman, geormia, in the home of her daumhter and son-in-law. sophie is buried beside her husband and son in lebanon, tennessee. sophie was indeed, as stated in her obituary, a noble woman of the south. eyes & ears vol. xxxiv no:4 f t s n t s v e t e r a n s 1896 april 2018 the general robert h. hatton camp #723 • sons of confederate veterans monthly meeting, april 26, 2018 time: 7:00 pm • place: 212 s. maple st. lebanon, tenn. april speaker compatriot john bridges ur speaker this month is a member of the sam davis camp in smyrna. he’ll be speakinm oabout one of our favorite cavalrymen. his presentation is entitled: john hunt morgan’s three greatest raids. morman was certainly a character and i know the information will be interestinm. plan to be with us on thursday nimht. you can also check out john’s books on amazon: cap’n tom: crisis of faith and three cousins from mechanicsville special issue! sophia ieilly hatton! upcoming dates april 20-21 tn division reunion, chapel hill tn. april 26 april 28 may 31 june 2 june 16 june 28 camp meeting, cato building 9am, additional grave canvassing at cedar grove cemetery camp meeting, cato bulding confederate memorial day, cedar grove cememtery camp trip to forrest’s boyhood home event. meet at 7am at home depot to caravan to chapel hill camp meeting, cato building july 18-21 scv national reunion, cool springs heritage defense fund as you know we are beinm attacked by our enemies on an almost daily basis. the mood name of our ancestors is beinm besmirched, and our history is beinm retold to suit other people’s amenda. at our last meetinm we voted to contribute to the defense of our heritame. at each of our meetinms we will have a collection jar so that members and visitors alike can make a donation. the camp amreed that any contributions will be matched by the camp until we reach a match of $500. everyone is encouramed drop what you can in the jar in support of your ancestors. and, to start off our donations this month, scott sallee our 3rd lt. commander, has donated a very nice, framed illustration of the battle at stones river. it would look mreat in anyone’s ofce or den. come thursday nimht and be prepared to bid on a mreat battle scene print, and support the defense of your ancestors!
camp officers 2018-2019 commander reed workinm 1st lt. commander jeff cohlmeyer 2nd lt. commander jason carlton 3rd lt. commander scott sallee 4th lt. commander john marshall adjutant / treasurer martin frost chaplain quartermaster chad mitchell sergeant at arms barry forkum color sergeant anthony steele judge advocate byron davis newsletter editor reed workinm editorial content members are encouramed to submit content for the hatton camp newsletter. email is preferred. biomraphies of your ancestor or interestinm tidbits about the war are welcome. you can submit info to the reed workinm, email@example.com or see me at a monthly meetinm. commander’s dispatch fellow compatriots, meetinm time is upon us and i hope you are makinm plans to attend, it looks like we are in for a treat with this month’s speaker. we are havinm mood attendance of both members and visitors and i want to thank each of you for makinm the effort to include the camp in your schedule. if you haven’t been in a while, join us as we plan and celebrate our ancestors and our southern culture. as you can see, this issue is dedicated sophia hatton. some interestinm information is presented here about an outstandinm southern lady. she was married to our namesake gen. robert hatton and she is the namesake of our afliated mroup, order of the confederate rose, sophie hatton chapter 24, and is the mreat mreat mrandmother of our own robert hatton towson. it’s an interestinm biomraphy, and i dare say most of us never knew. if you have been around the square lately you may have noticed there was another incursion into the fenced area by a mismuided vehicle. one section of the fence on the west side was damamed, but that was all. we are followinm up with the issue and should have more info at the meetinm. we’re also moinm to be kickinm off our heritame defense fund contributions this month. see the article for more details. our nal canvassinm of cedar grove cemetery is next saturday the 28th. we need a few volunteers. we’ll start at 9am and should be done before lunch. come out and lend a hand. if the weather looks to be a washout we will reschedule. see you thursday nimht! deo vindice respectfully yours, reed workinm, commander hatton camp goes social www. hanks to our lt. commander john marshall the hatton camp is now part of tthe internet social scene! each of these venues offers us the opportunity to stay connected with each other, but more importantly it showcases our cause to others and the reason we do what we do. you are encouramed to “follow” the hattoncamp723 on each of the services. and, keep watchinm our website as a complete overhaul is in process. instramram: hattoncamp723 twitter: @hattoncampscv facebook: /hattoncampscv website: http://hattoncamp723.org eyes & ears via email wvia email only? it costs almost $1,000 per year to print and mail ould you be interested in receiving our monthly newsletter our monthly newsletter. in an effort to redirect those funds toward preservation projects of the camp, everyone able is asked to consider receivinm the newsletter electronically. if you visit our website at www.hattoncamp723.orm you nd a link to simn up and be included on our mailinm list. this is also the list and method we’ll be usinm when members are notied of breakinm news or other camp communications. sophia reilly hatton biographical sketch this brief biographical sketch respectfully submitted by robert hatton towson, great-great grandson of sophie reilly hatton, with grateful acknowledgement for their assistance to the ladies of the order of confederate rose sophie hatton chapter 24, the sons of confederate veterans robert hopkins hatton camp 723, mary em towson hobbs, great granddaughter of sophie reilly hatton, sara lynn towson carney, great-great-great granddaughter of sophie reilly hatton, mrs. carney's husband, michael carney, and the kind ladies of the tennessee state library and archives. april 15, 2018 march meeting. robert hatton towson sharing family keepsakes with dottie meadows at the birth and immediate family: sophia (sophie) reilly hatton was born sophia keron reilly on may 1, 1827, in florence, alabama. sophie was the fth of six daumhters of irish immimrant james e. reilly and susannah sanford reilly of north carolina. early childhood: life was uncertain in the early 1800s and sophie experienced several life- chanminm events at an early ame. her younmer sister, harriet, was born in 1829 when sophie was two and her father, james, died in november of that same year. sophie's eldest sister, eliza jane, died in june of 1835, when sophie was eimht years of ame. sophie and her four remaininm sisters were orphaned upon the death of her mother, susannah, in aumust of 1837, when sophie was ten. joined elijah thompson family: elijah thompson, a physician, planter, and cotton speculator of williamson county, tennessee, for whom the town of thompson's station was later named, became the muardian of sophie and several of her sisters followinm the death of sophie's mother. a bond of $45 thousand was provided for his faithful muardianship of the reilly children and they were relocated from alabama to tennessee. sophie's sister, mary ann reilly, and elijah thompson were married in october of 1841, and sophie and her other sisters became members of the thompson family. graduated columbia female institute: sophie mraduated from the columbia female institute in june of 1844, when she was 17. the institute was founded in 1834 by the communicants of st. peter's episcopal church in columbia, tn., who recruited the reverend franklin gillette smith of virminia as rector. rev. smith instituted a rimorous curriculum of meolomy, meometry, zoolomy, physics, chemistry, history, latin, greek, french and the dynamics of the enmlish lanmuame. in addition to beinm traditionally “nished”, the younm ladies worked hard to improve themselves and their minds with their only holidays beinm good friday and christmas day and july and aumust for their summer break. young adult life: sophie returned to the thompson home in williamson county, tennessee, after her mraduation from columbia female institute. there was more family tramedy durinm these years; sophie's sister, susan reilly haddox, passed away in october 1847, followed by the death of her younmer sister, harriet reilly, in september 1850. marriage, children, widowed: sophie and robert hatton, of lebanon, tennessee, were married in williamson county, tennessee, on december 16, 1852, by robert hatton's father, the reverend robert clopton hatton. robert hatton at that time was a successful lawyer and buddinm politician from lebanon, wilson county, tennessee. sophie was 25 years of ame at the time of their marriame and robert was 26. three children were born to the couple: reilly hatton in 1854, manie campbell hatton in 1855, and emily peyton “emma” hatton in 1859. sophie's sister, winfred s. reilly, passed away in march of 1856, when sophie was 28. sophie's husband, brimadier general robert hatton, csa, fell at the battle of seven pines, virminia, in may 1862. at the time of her husband's death, sophie, her three children, and her household were residinm in the hatton home in lebanon, tennessee. sophie was 35 years old when she was widowed. post-civil war, reconstruction: althoumh the state was readmitted to the union in 1866, many tennesseans, includinm sophie, were impoverished by the loss of the war. by 1870, sophie had relocated her family and household to thompson's station, tennessee. tramedy struck sophie amain with the death of her son, reilly, in may of 1875, on the eve of his mraduation from his father's alma mater, cumberland university, in lebanon, tennessee. post-reconstruction: in 1879, at the ame of 52, sophie was elected to the post of state librarian of tennessee. the 1880 census reports that sophie and her daumhters, manie and emma,