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Civil War authority Shelby Foote dead
AP via CNN.com ^ | 28 June 2005 | Unattributed

Posted on 06/28/2005 10:45:07 AM PDT by Moose4

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) -- Novelist and Civil War historian Shelby Foote, whose appearances on a PBS-TV documentary series helped America better understand one of the most defining periods of its past, has died, his family said Tuesday.

Foote's widow, Gwen, said her husband, who was 88, died Monday night.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: civilwar; dixie; foote; godsgravesglyphs; obituary; shelbyfoote; wbts
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To: Tax-chick

Brian died too?? He was fairly young! He and Mr. Foote were my favorite commentators from the PBS documentary. Most of them were clearly biased.


101 posted on 06/28/2005 1:18:14 PM PDT by ariamne (reformed liberal--Shieldmaiden of the Infidel)
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To: ariamne

Mr. Pohanka was in his 40's. Here's the article:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1424902/posts


102 posted on 06/28/2005 1:22:15 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("The promotion of bad dress codes is the desire of arrogant powers; shame on the government!")
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To: Bar-Face
May he finally meet Grant, Lee Lincoln, Davis, Bedford Forrest and all the others and rest in peace.

I remember seeing him say that one of his greatest moments was having the opportunity to hold and wave Nathan Bedford Forrest's sword.

103 posted on 06/28/2005 1:36:56 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: Molly Pitcher

Yes he did....a great loss.


104 posted on 06/28/2005 1:47:37 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Tax-chick

Thanks for the link. Such a vital man, what a tragic loss. Shelby Foote and Brian Pohanka, I bet they have some great ole times up there...


105 posted on 06/28/2005 1:47:39 PM PDT by ariamne (reformed liberal--Shieldmaiden of the Infidel)
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To: ariamne

I'm looking forward to the "Great Civil War Roundtable in the Sky," myself, although I'll probably have nothing to contribute but "Oh wow! Cool!"


106 posted on 06/28/2005 1:51:10 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I'll stand barefooted in my own front yard with a baby on my hip ... I'm a redneck woman!)
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To: Moose4

Who knows but it may be given to us after this life to meet again in the old quarters, to play chess and draughts, to get up soon to answer the morning roll call, to fall in at the tap of the drum for drill and dress parade and again to hastily don our gear while the monotonous patter of the long roll summons to battle? Who knows but again the old flags, ragged and torn snapping in the wind, may face each other and flutter, pursuing and pursued, while the cries of victory fill a summer day? And after the battle, then the slain and wounded will arise, and all will meet together under the two flags, all sound and well and there will be talking and laughter and cheers, and all will say did it not seem real? Was it not as in the old days?

Shelby Foote has gone to answer the Long Roll --- RIP


107 posted on 06/28/2005 1:55:25 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: Moose4

Thanks for posting this. May God rest his soul. I so enjoyed his conversational style on The Civil War on PBS; such a gentle southern style. Prayers for him and his mourning family.


108 posted on 06/28/2005 2:17:31 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (George Allen will decimate Hitlery in '08)
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To: bubbleb

Major Ballou was a mighty poet. I cannot read beyond the first line of his famous letter before it gets blurry.


109 posted on 06/28/2005 2:23:51 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (George Allen will decimate Hitlery in '08)
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To: Moose4

Memory Eternal!


110 posted on 06/28/2005 2:26:00 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Let's make June Serbian-American heritage month!)
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To: patriot_wes
I will play the Ashokan Farewll today in honor of Shelby

Another piece of music that makes my eyes blur. Did you know it was written by a Jewish guy from the Bronx? (these are the composer's words)

111 posted on 06/28/2005 2:27:16 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (George Allen will decimate Hitlery in '08)
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To: Billthedrill
What a majestic Vuhginyuh accent the guy had!

I loved his accent too, but IIRC he was born in Tennessee and lived in Mississippi. My dad's family have lived in Virginia since Jamestown, and I'd be glad to claim Mr. Foote as a Virginian-- so I'll check it.

112 posted on 06/28/2005 2:30:09 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (George Allen will decimate Hitlery in '08)
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To: Fudd Fan

He was born in Greenville, Mississippi. So I guess he couldn't have been any good. /sarcasm off


113 posted on 06/28/2005 2:32:54 PM PDT by labard1
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To: superiorslots
This is not a cutdown on todays soldiers but our corsening and lowering of society in general

Which covers all aspects of life these days. I've heard and/or read that that during America's Civil War, participants were remarkably literate and that's gone downhill ever since.

114 posted on 06/28/2005 2:35:07 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (George Allen will decimate Hitlery in '08)
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To: bourbon

I stand corrected. It was, however, a beautiful accent.


115 posted on 06/28/2005 2:36:14 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Fudd Fan

It's a great tune, thanks


116 posted on 06/28/2005 2:41:53 PM PDT by patriot_wes (papal infallibility - a proud tradition since 1869)
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To: labard1
He was born in Greenville, Mississippi. So I guess he couldn't have been any good. /sarcasm off

huh????

117 posted on 06/28/2005 2:44:14 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (George Allen will decimate Hitlery in '08)
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To: Fudd Fan

I'm just impressed that no one seems to want to recognize that this fine man was really from Mississippi by birth and choice for most of his life. If he has a great accent, it must be from Virginia. If he's talented, he must be from Tennessee. I'm not being critical of you. I'm just getting irritated that no one is recognizing that Mississippi can produce great folks, just like other States. He's a product of MISSISSIPPI, for goodness sakes.


118 posted on 06/28/2005 2:52:55 PM PDT by labard1
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To: labard1

I wasn't the one who first posted it but I don't know why you're misinterpreting things.

Apparently I had it backwards then, that he was born in Mississippi and perhaps lived in Tennessee? Well so what! I didn't believe he was born in Virginia, but I said I'd check. Ye gads and liddle fishees!


119 posted on 06/28/2005 2:57:05 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (George Allen will decimate Hitlery in '08)
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To: Bombardier

June 16th.

Mike


120 posted on 06/28/2005 2:57:51 PM PDT by doublecansiter
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To: doublecansiter

Thanks, Mike.


121 posted on 06/28/2005 3:06:46 PM PDT by Bombardier (Islam isn't a religion, it's a perversion.)
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To: Fudd Fan

I don't mean to attack you. Your posting was just that last straw in a series of posts attributing him to other states. Mississippi is the birthplace of a remarkable number of great American writers, as unlikely as that may seem, given the press it usually gets.


122 posted on 06/28/2005 3:13:10 PM PDT by labard1
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To: bourbon

"Most people, if the truth be told, are gigantic bores," he once said. "There's no need to subject yourself to that kind of thing."


Ya' gotta love the old man. ;o)

He was a great historian, and writer.
He lived a good life.
He made Mississippi proud.

Thanks for the ping.


123 posted on 06/28/2005 3:13:47 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
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To: Billthedrill

Agreed. A beautiful accent indeed!


124 posted on 06/28/2005 3:16:02 PM PDT by bourbon (Hal Needham is my hero.)
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To: Ditto
That is regrettable. He was quite a writer and personality. The interview you linked to was a good one that gave more insight into his personality. You can also see him on C-Span.

There's a funny story about high school students watching Ken Burns's program and writing about it afterwards thinking that Foote served in the Civil War himself.

125 posted on 06/28/2005 3:19:31 PM PDT by x
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To: Moose4
A few grest vignettes from Shelby Foote's trilogy that have never left me...

Edward Baker's death at Ball's Bluff - "He who had called for sudden, bold, forward, determined war received it in the form of a bullet to the brain"

Grant sends the army south after the Wilderness - can't quote exactly, but the sense is that the Army of the Potomac had been in the cycle of fight-lose-reorganize for three years. Now they had fought and lost, and yet Grant was taking another crack at Lee....the men sang and cheered as they saw the head of their long column was turning south rather than north

And above all, his chilling account of Lincoln's assasination. Within two months of reading it, I felt compelled to visit Ford's Theatre and the Petersen house to stand where it happened.

126 posted on 06/28/2005 3:20:24 PM PDT by Uncle Fud (Imagine the President calling fascism a "religion of peace" in 1942)
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To: BigCinBigD

Celestial music.


127 posted on 06/28/2005 3:27:00 PM PDT by RobbyS (chirho)
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To: Mike Darancette
My Great Grandfather, A.P. Bradley was a corporal in Forrest's 12th Mississippi Cavalry. So I always enjoyed Foote's Forrest stories.
128 posted on 06/28/2005 3:28:42 PM PDT by Bar-Face (Impeach John Paul Stevens, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer)
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To: Publius
His 3-book history of the Civil War is a must-read for anybody serious about history.

I couldn't agree more.

129 posted on 06/28/2005 3:33:57 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Publius
His 3-book history of the Civil War is a must-read for anybody serious about history.

Agreed. I've read the entire series twice and it's the best example of narrative history I have ever read. May he rest in peace.

130 posted on 06/28/2005 3:35:15 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Ah, spring. Such as it is.)
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To: bourbon
"Agreed. A beautiful accent indeed!"

That is what I have always known as an aristocratic Mississippi Delta Accent, as opposed to us hillbillies here in the hills of Mississippi. That really is not a joke. There is a difference. Delta accent is much smoother.
131 posted on 06/28/2005 3:36:04 PM PDT by Bar-Face (Impeach John Paul Stevens, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer)
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To: Bar-Face

Absolutely. My E. MS relatives sound a lot different than my Delta relatives (especially the women).


132 posted on 06/28/2005 3:39:49 PM PDT by bourbon (Hal Needham is my hero.)
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To: Moose4

Just, damn!


133 posted on 06/28/2005 3:55:03 PM PDT by Nasty McPhilthy (Those who beat their swords into plow shears….will plow for those who don’t.)
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To: Moose4

godspeed mr foote


135 posted on 06/28/2005 5:19:44 PM PDT by Charlespg (Civilization and freedom are only worthy of those who defend or support defending It)
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To: x
There's a funny story about high school students watching Ken Burns's program and writing about it afterwards thinking that Foote served in the Civil War himself.

My daughter thought that my father was in the Civil War ... but she was only 7.

136 posted on 06/28/2005 5:24:12 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I'll stand barefooted in my own front yard with a baby on my hip ... I'm a redneck woman!)
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To: hugoball
I'll weigh the letters from red-schoolhouse farmboys of the Civil War period ...

Bump that. One of the main things I remember from the TV series was the amazing verbal fluency of the letters from common soldiers. They could really string words together. When you look at the actual texts, you see that they couldn't spell or punctuate, but they could communicate.

I expect it came largely from listening to the Bible, and to the great political speakers of the day.

137 posted on 06/28/2005 5:28:16 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I'll stand barefooted in my own front yard with a baby on my hip ... I'm a redneck woman!)
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To: Moose4

Shelby Foote reminded me a lot of my late father (who was, himself, descended from a couple of Civil War heroes, one of whom was with Lee at Appomattox). Sad day.


138 posted on 06/28/2005 5:28:42 PM PDT by Renfield (If Gene Tracy was the entertainment at your senior prom, YOU might be a redneck...)
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To: devane617

I really enjoyed his commentary on PBS, as well. Besides all that knowledge, he had a great voice. Mesmerizing.


139 posted on 06/28/2005 5:29:02 PM PDT by hershey
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To: Nasty McPhilthy; injin; McCainMutiny; MacDorcha; JohnPigg; smug; TexConfederate1861; peacebaby; ...

Shelby Foote Bump


140 posted on 06/28/2005 6:38:22 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Moose4

He was what made Ken Burn's Civil War series worth watching. He was just so low key, and had that soft gentleman's Southern Accent. He was also born the year before my Daddy, though my Daddy will have been gone 24 years this August.


141 posted on 06/28/2005 7:01:10 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Jokelahoma
Would you classify him as a "historian"?

I'd say he was BETTER than most historians. He made history come alive, and made people WANT to read and understand it.

142 posted on 06/28/2005 7:02:16 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Tax-chick

Brian Pohanka! I just went and googled him. He was only 50 years old! Just damn!


143 posted on 06/28/2005 7:04:26 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Moose4

Loved his books and loved listening to him. Sad passing indeed.


144 posted on 06/28/2005 7:07:58 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (3-7-77 (No that's not a Date))
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To: Moose4; stainlessbanner
Sad indeed!

Mr Foote, may you gently rest in arms of the Lord.

Deo Vindice

/jasper

145 posted on 06/28/2005 7:08:56 PM PDT by Jasper ( Craigellachie, Stand Fast!)
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To: BigCinBigD
But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the gladdest days and in the darkest nights . . . always, always, and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath, as the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again . . .

*Sigh*

Folks back then had such a way with words. Now, it's 'Yo, b*tch, if I'm offed in a drive-by, I still be wich you and that fine @ss of yours, aight?'
146 posted on 06/28/2005 7:14:38 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (The theory of evolution is the great cosmogenic myth of the twentieth century - Michael Denton)
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To: Moose4
What a shame that he's gone.
A man who presented both sides of a complex issue.
147 posted on 06/28/2005 7:17:06 PM PDT by RightWinger
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To: Bombardier

From the AP story:

'During World War II, he was an Army captain of artillery until he lost his commission for using a military vehicle without authorization to visit a female friend and was discharged from the Army. He joined the Marines and was still stateside when the war ended.

"The Marines had a great time with me," he said. "They said if you used to be a captain, you might make a pretty good Marine."

Rest in Peace


148 posted on 06/28/2005 7:35:47 PM PDT by FlyingHellfish (Audentes Fortuna Juvat)
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To: x
There's a funny story about high school students watching Ken Burns's program and writing about it afterwards thinking that Foote served in the Civil War himself.

LOL, but sad.

149 posted on 06/28/2005 7:50:52 PM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: stainlessbanner

I will miss Shelby Foote.


150 posted on 06/28/2005 7:55:03 PM PDT by Bahbah (Something wicked this way comes)
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