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Happy 100th Birthday, Shelby Foote

Shelby Foote would have been 100 years old today.

Born in Greenville, Mississippi, on November 17, 1916, he died on June 28, 2005 at the age of 88 from a heart attack following a pulmonary embolism. 1,177 more words


Sounds Familiar

“It was because we failed to do the thing we really have a genius for, which is compromise. Americans like to think of themselves as uncompromising. 24 more words


Author Birthdays - November

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (b. November 11, 1821, Moscow, Russia; d.February 9, 1881, Saint Petersburg, Russia)

“The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.” You can find more quotes… 194 more words
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Shelby Foote as the Angel of Death

I’ve been doing some research lately on Shelby Foote and his work on The Civil War: A Narrative. In his correspondence with his friend and fellow writer Walker Percy, Foote provided ongoing updates about his progress on the work, which stretched on for twenty years. 447 more words

Books & Authors

Confetti in the Sunlight: General Albert Sidney Johnston's Final Charge

Witness here a piece of Foote’s fitting account of the end of General Albert Sidney Johnston, a fine general who was esteemed by his comrades.  At the outset of the war, before Lee emerged god-like to him, Jefferson Davis thought him to be the South’s finest General. 286 more words

Literature And History

Foote Unloads on General Braxton Bragg

If you read Foote closely you can begin to tell which generals he is especially fond off, his disappointment and elation with their characters and performance both at particular instances as well as across time. 513 more words

Literature And History

Meet General Philip H. Sheridan: "I intend to make the cavalry an arm of the services."

Philip H. Sheridan is one of my favorite Union generals during the war. Perhaps only Sherman was more colorful. Perhaps only Forrest was tougher.

What follows is from Volume 3 of Foote’s… 662 more words

Literature And History