The Sept. 8 edition of the Franklin Civil War Round Table will feature a talk from Nashville attorney, historian and preservationist, James D. Kay, on the story of Col. William Shy.

The event will also include a presentation from Lee Chapman, owner of the Shy Redmond House, of artifacts and media relics about Col. Shy.

More about Shy and the round table discussion:

William Shy was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky 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 William’s older brother, James, organized the Perry Guards which later became part of the 20th Tennessee Infantry, William 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, William rose through the ranks until he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in late 1863 and later colonel just before the Battle of Nashville. He was killed at Nashville on what is known today as Shy’s Hill. Shy’s story becomes intertwined with local Franklin history well after his death and even ultimately involves the University of Tennessee.

James Kay is a partner in the Nashville law firm of Kay and Griffin. He received his undergraduate degree at Auburn University and a 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. For more information, contact gregwade55@yahoo.com.

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