“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dickson in Dickson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Irish Shanty

Only Boiling Eggs

Irish Shanty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 24, 2013
1. Irish Shanty Marker
Inscription. On July 2, 1863, as Federal forces conducted a campaign to rid the Yellow Creek valley of Confederate guerrillas, a forward detachment of the 8th Kentucky Cavalry (US) rode up to a grocery store and tavern located about two miles to the west. The site, known as Irish Shanty, was rumored to be popular with guerrillas.

Several cavalrymen later claimed that about twenty men in front of Irish Shanty fired on the troopers as they approached. The cavalry charged and captured suspected guerrillas Dr. Aaron James, Euphrates Shelton, James Shelton, William Few, Jonas Spicer, and Dr. Payton Washburn. Escorted to Fort Donelson, the men were held for trial before a military commission. Attorneys for the accused claimed that their clients were not guerrillas and never fired on the cavalrymen. Instead, they were merely boiling ten dozen eggs in front of the building, and the cavalrymen mistook the smoke and crackle of the fire for discharged weapons.

The tribunal convicted James, Spicer, and Euphrates Shelton, sentencing the first two men to death and Shelton to five yearsí hard labor. As regulations required, the trial record and verdicts were transmitted to Washington, D.C., where Joseph Holt reviewed them. Holt reported to President Abraham Lincoln that the evidence was insufficient for conviction and that the trial before
Irish Shanty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 24, 2013
2. Irish Shanty Marker
the commission was improper. On December 12, 1863, Lincoln disapproved Jamesís sentence and soon also reversed the verdicts regarding Spicer and Shelton. The men were released and returned home by yearís end.

“It is however proven that while in a state of disgraceful and brutish intoxication, (James) did on that occasion utter foul and abusive threats and epithets toward the said soldiers.” — Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt, Dec. 1863

Euphrates Shelton Courtesy Shelton Family Papers
President Abraham Lincolnís disapproval of Dr. Aaron Jamesís sentence Courtesy National Archives & Records Administration
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 5.55′ N, 87° 30.933′ W. Marker is in Dickson, Tennessee, in Dickson County. Marker is on Ferbee Road 0.1 miles north of Broadway of America Highway (U.S. 70), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 Ferbee Road, Dickson TN 37055, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Gillem (here, next to this marker); Yellow Bank Trestle (approx. 6.7 miles away); First National Bank (approx. 7.2 miles away); Civil War Railroad (approx. 7.2 miles away); Frank Goad Clement (approx. 7.2 miles away); Mile Post 42 (approx. 7.2 miles away); To All Who Served (approx. 11Ĺ miles away); Civil War In Charlotte (approx. 11Ĺ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dickson.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 30, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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