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Bulger's Beat: Sword replaced on Lebanon Civil War statue

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All is well again in Lebanon again after a Civil War general regained his sword. The statue of Gen. Robert H. Hatton has stood proudly on the downtown square for nearly 100 years.

The historical monument marks the Wilson County general's service in the war, but a few years ago, vandals ripped away his sword.

Few could see, or even cared, that the battle sword Hatton held was missing. But one Englishman with a ladder was one of the few.

"We're gonna give General Hatton his sword back," said stonemason Graham Reed.

Reed, a native of the United Kingdom, came equipped with all the right tools, buckets, glue and a deep sense of military justice.

"It's gonna be awesome, really. After all these years without a sword, the general's gonna look complete," Reed said.

Hatton, a Cumberland University graduate and Lebanon lawyer, was killed just nine days after his promotion to brigadier general.

Returning his sword felt right to Reed, a veteran of the English Army.

"This is something that I love to do, restoring anything historical, especially Civil War stuff," Reed said.

Reed's previous restoration projects include the Tennessee State Capitol and Civil War cemeteries. He is drawn to the old and broken.

"I've always worked on churches, old monuments in England, as an apprentice. It's been quite an experience," he said.

Tending to lend his talents only to the significant, Reed completes this task with a solider's pride.

"Now, general, you have your sword back," he said.

The folks in Lebanon came together last weekend for a rededication of the Hatton monument and to commemorate the statue's 100th birthday.

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