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Story of William Shy the focus of September Civil War Round Table

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Franklin Civil War Round Table

Nashville attorney, historian and preservationist James D. Kay will present the fascinating story of William Shy at the Sunday, Sept. 8 edition of the Franklin Civil War Round Table.

Shy was born in Bourbon, Kentucky before the Civil War, and like many families of the time, his parents were split on which direction to go when war clouds loomed. His father sided with the North, and his mother with the South. 

When Shy’s older brother, James, organized the Perry Guards, which later became part of the 20th Tennessee Infantry, Shy joined him as a private in the Confederate Army. Serving with the Army of Tennessee with men from Middle Tennessee, including Williamson and Davidson counties, he rose thru the ranks until he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in late 1863 and later colonel just before the Battle of Nashville.  

Shy was killed at Nashville on what is known today as Shy’s Hill. His story became intertwined with local Franklin history well after his death and even ultimately involved the University of Tennessee. 

Kay is a partner in the Nashville law firm Kay and Griffin. He received his undergraduate degree at Auburn University and law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He has contributed to several books and media productions about the Civil War and has been a leader in historical preservation work in Nashville with the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society. He has held memberships or leadership positions with the Founders of Fort Negley, Travellers Rest and the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association.  

This fascinating presentation will be held at Carnton’s Fleming Center in Franklin and starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8. The public is invited.  

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