The Case of the Stonewall Sword
Pro. Lodger was just walking out of his classroom at Harvard when his phone rang. “I believe I struck it rich this time” said Barty Jackson, a deadbeat who had more get-rich schemes then a Thanksgiving feast had cranberry sauce.”I found a sword belonging to the famed General Stonewall Jackson from the Civil War. It has something etched on it. It says: To Stonewall Jackson, for bravery at the Battle of Bull Run. “No doubt, said Lodger, that you are lying again.”
What was Barty’s slip?
Answer: If the sword was real, the etching would have said The Battle of Manassas, the South’s name for the battle. Jackson was a Confederate, remember?