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Muster Rolls, Company A, Fifth Texas Cavalry, Microfilm edition in Archives of the Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus; Colorado Citizen, August 1, 1913; Weimar Mercury, July 16, 1915; Overton Sharp-Shooter, February 23, 1888, March 5, 1888 or the more convenient reprint of the same material in Jerry Don Thompson, ed., Civil War in the Southwest (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2001), pp. 82-83, 136-137; Official Records, series 1, vol. 9, pp. 537, 545. Shropshire was scheduled to be returned to Albuquerque for burial with two other officers who were killed in the battle, but when the army brought up coffins for them, Shropshire was too tall to fit. Instead, he was buried near the battlefield, and near the mass grave of the thirty or so other Confederate soldiers killed in the battle. In June 1987, a man who was building a house discovered the body, after which it was excavated, removed from the site, and identified. Found with the body were Shropshire's two rings, spurs, six bullets, and a tintype, faded to black by time. After a debate of some months, on August 5, 1990, Shropshire's remains were reinterred in his native Bourbon County, Kentucky (see Houston Post, July 17, 1987, July 25, 1987, September 24, 1988, March 18, 1990; Houston Chronicle, July 17, 1987; Dallas Morning News, June 3, 1990; Lexington [Kentucky] Herald-Leader, August 6, 1990; Bourbon [County, Kentucky] Times, August 8, 1990; Bourbon County [Kentucky] Citizen, August 8, 1990, copies of each of which can be found in Shropshire Family File, Archives of the Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus).