|History nerd Jack Richards and some dude in a Yellow Donkey beer T-shirt.|
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At the Williamson County Archives and Museum in Franklin, Tenn., my friend and fellow western Pennsylvanian Jack Richards and I perused the zinc coffin of 20th Tennessee Col. William Shy, who was killed at the Battle of Nashville and whose remains were unearthed by an apparent grave robber in 1977. How Shy was tucked into this tiny coffin is one of history’s mysteries. You can dig into this story — damn, sorry — by reading my “Rambling” column in Civil War Times magazine. (It includes a reference to a 150-pound Great Dane named “River” and the words “pile of goo.”)
Please note: My T-shirt is not necessarily an endorsement of Yellow Donkey pale ale.
|A close-up of Colonel Shy's zinc coffin. How did he fit into that thing?|