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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

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1 posted on 06/28/2005 10:45:08 AM PDT by Moose4
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To: stainlessbanner

Sad ping for your list, suh.

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2 posted on 06/28/2005 10:45:41 AM PDT by Moose4 (Richmond, Virginia--commemorating 140 years of Yankee occupation.)
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To: Moose4

That's too bad. RIP.


3 posted on 06/28/2005 10:46:09 AM PDT by theDentist (The Dems have put all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: Moose4

How sad! That's two Civil War historians this month, isn't it?


4 posted on 06/28/2005 10:46:59 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Benedicere cor tuo! Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri?)
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To: Moose4

Maybe the most knowledgeable person on that part of our history. I really enjoyed his commentary on PBS.


5 posted on 06/28/2005 10:47:06 AM PDT by devane617
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To: Moose4

:(

My brother loved his books and they have been on my "Gotta Read" list for some time.


6 posted on 06/28/2005 10:48:22 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Who Dey! Who Dey! Who Dey Think Gonna Beat Dem Bengals!)
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To: devane617

His 3-book history of the Civil War is a must-read for anybody serious about history.


7 posted on 06/28/2005 10:48:58 AM PDT by Publius
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To: Moose4
One of our greatest historians. He will be sorely missed. Go to your eternal rest with our fondest wishes, Shelby Foote. You've helped America understand such a tragic era in our history with insight, authority, and compassion.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
8 posted on 06/28/2005 10:49:02 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Would you classify him as a "historian"? I don't know that I would. I think of him more as a novelist who happened to be very, very knowledgable on the period of the Civil War. His books read so much better than any other history books. I must have read the three-part series five or six times now. If was was a historian, he's the most talented writer of the bunch.
9 posted on 06/28/2005 10:56:51 AM PDT by Jokelahoma (Animal testing is a bad idea. They get all nervous and give wrong answers.)
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To: Jokelahoma
Read the trilogy by Bruce Catton. It will transfix you in the same was as Shelby. RIP.
10 posted on 06/28/2005 10:58:20 AM PDT by Thebaddog (Dawgs off the coffee table.)
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To: Moose4

Great, great book...all 3 volumes.
And Mr. Foote was SO important to keeping the superb Ken Burns documentary The Civl War on track as a memorium to those who fought.


11 posted on 06/28/2005 10:58:49 AM PDT by Charlesj (I'd gladly fire Drier.)
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To: Moose4

Dang. Sorry to hear that.


12 posted on 06/28/2005 10:58:52 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Moose4

July 14, 1861
Camp Clark, Washington

My very dear Sarah:
The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days—perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write again, I feel impelled to write a few lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more . . .

I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American Civilization now leans on the triumph of the Government and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and sufferings of the Revolution. And I am willing—perfectly willing—to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt . . .

Sarah my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me unresistibly on with all these chains to the battle field.

The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them for so long. And hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when, God willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and seen our sons grown up to honorable manhood, around us. I have, I know, but few and small claims upon Divine Providence, but something whispers to me—perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar, that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battle field, it will whisper your name. Forgive my many faults and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless and foolish I have often times been! How gladly would I wash out with my tears every little spot upon your happiness . . .

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 . . .

Sullivan Ballou was killed a week later at the first Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861.

Rest in peace Mr. Foote.


13 posted on 06/28/2005 10:59:00 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: Tax-chick

Who was the other?


14 posted on 06/28/2005 10:59:28 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Tax-chick

Who is the other?


15 posted on 06/28/2005 11:01:22 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: Moose4

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His commentary in Ken Burns "The Civil War" was among the best I've ever seen.


16 posted on 06/28/2005 11:01:23 AM PDT by El Sordo
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To: Constitution Day

Brian Pohanka (sp.?). I want to say "Pawhuska," but that's a town in Oklahoma.


17 posted on 06/28/2005 11:01:25 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Benedicere cor tuo! Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri?)
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To: Moose4

Great, great historian. Truly "old school" who did his research and let the facts speak for themselves.


18 posted on 06/28/2005 11:01:48 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: Moose4

I never would have guessed he was that old.


19 posted on 06/28/2005 11:02:27 AM PDT by wireman
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To: Tax-chick

You're right! Now I remember the thread on it.


20 posted on 06/28/2005 11:02:53 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

The cute little guy with the beard. Only in his 40's, iirc.


21 posted on 06/28/2005 11:03:42 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Benedicere cor tuo! Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri?)
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To: Moose4

BTTT


22 posted on 06/28/2005 11:04:46 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Jokelahoma
He's definitely respected as a historian who also wrote novels.

Kibler, James E., Jr., "Shelby Foote: A Bibliography," Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 24 (Fall 1971)

He did not hold a history position at a university, but neither oes British writer Paul Johnson, who'se better than 90% of the historians out there.

23 posted on 06/28/2005 11:04:55 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: Moose4

A terrific writer! And he seemed like such a sweet man. Reminded me a lot of John Keegan (whom I had the privilege of meeting once, and who *is* a sweet man!). RIP, Mr. Foote.


24 posted on 06/28/2005 11:06:49 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (Kelo must GO!! ..... http://sonoma-moderate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Jokelahoma

"Would you classify him as a "historian"?"

Although a stately and gentle soul, his fidelity to historical accuracy makes him an "historian" in my book. He had not sold out his integrity for an academic appointment. And yes, unlike most professional (academic) historians, he wrote in a way that most of us enjoyed reading his works. He did bring history alive, and that strikes me as the finest quality of a good historian. He also connected and explained, the rest of the historian's task. We have lost a fine writer and first rate historian.


25 posted on 06/28/2005 11:07:41 AM PDT by labard1
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To: Moose4

He appearances of PBS' Civil War programs were the best!

May he rest in peace.

Semper Fi,
Kelly


26 posted on 06/28/2005 11:08:16 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: BigCinBigD

Thank God we have always had brave men to protect us. This tells a little more about Major Ballou.

Born March 28, 1829 in Smithfield, R.I., Ballou was educated at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.; Brown University in Providence, R.I. and the National Law School in Ballston, N.Y. He was admitted to the Rhode Island Bar in 1853.

Ballou devoted his brief life to public service. He was elected in 1854 as clerk of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, later serving as its speaker.
He married Sarah Hart Shumway on October 15, 1855, and the following year saw the birth of their first child, Edgar. A second son, William, was born in 1859.
Ballou immediately entered the military in 1861 after the war broke out. He became judge advocate of the Rhode Island militia and was 32 at the time of his death at the first Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861.

When he died, his wife was 24. She later moved to New Jersey to live out her life with her son, William, and never re-married. She died at age 80 in 1917.
Sullivan and Sarah Ballou are buried next to each other at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, RI. There are no known living descendants.

Ironically, Sullivan Ballou’s letter was never mailed. Although Sarah would receive other, decidedly more upbeat letters, dated after the now-famous letter from the battlefield, the letter in question would be found among Sullivan Ballou’s effects when Gov. William Sprague of Rhode Island traveled to Virginia to retrieve the remains of his state’s sons who had fallen in battle


27 posted on 06/28/2005 11:08:23 AM PDT by bubbleb
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To: Moose4

Wow...I'm right in the middle of the Ken Burns documentary!!!


28 posted on 06/28/2005 11:08:52 AM PDT by DaughterofEve (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: gulfcoast6; Molly Pitcher; Utah Girl

ping


29 posted on 06/28/2005 11:10:28 AM PDT by kayak (Have you prayed for your President today?)
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To: Moose4

Mr Foote was a great historian and novelist. At 88 years of age, he did have a good run. May he finally meet Grant, Lee Lincoln, Davis, Bedford Forrest and all the others and rest in peace.


30 posted on 06/28/2005 11:10:51 AM PDT by Bar-Face (Impeach John Paul Stevens, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer)
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To: Moose4

Aw man.


31 posted on 06/28/2005 11:10:55 AM PDT by eyespysomething ( A penny saved is a government oversight)
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To: Moose4

His three volume history of the Civil War is the definitive work on the subject, IMHO. A must read for every citizen.


32 posted on 06/28/2005 11:12:04 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: Moose4
"...best remembered for his three-volume, 3,000-word history of the Civil War."(CNN)

Three volumes for three thousand words! Those words musta been of prodigious length!

33 posted on 06/28/2005 11:13:04 AM PDT by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?)
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To: Moose4

A very good writer. Rest in peace.


35 posted on 06/28/2005 11:15:07 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: All
Southrons, hear your country call you,
Up, lest worse than death befall you!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Lo! all the beacon-fires are lighted,--
Let all hearts be now united!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

Advance the flag of Dixie! Hurrah! Hurrah!
In Dixie's land we take our stand, and live or die for Dixie!
To arms! To arms! And conquer peace for Dixie!
To arms! To arms! And conquer peace for Dixie

Hear the Northern thunders mutter!
Northern flags in South winds flutter!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Send them back your fierce defiance!
Stamp upon the cursed alliance!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

Chorus:
Fear no danger! Shun no labor!
Lift up rifle, pike, and saber!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Shoulder pressing close to shoulder,
Let the odds make each heart bolder!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

Chorus
How the South's great heart rejoices
At your cannon's ringing voices!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
For faith betrayed and pledges broken,
Wrongs inflicted, insults spoken,
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

Chorus
Strong as lions, swift as eagles,
Back to their kennels hunt these beagles!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Cut the unequal bonds asunder!
Let them hence each other plunder!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

Chorus
Swear upon your country's altar
Never to submit or falter--
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Till the spoilers are defeated,
Till the Lord's work is completed!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

Chorus

Halt not till our Federation
Secures among earth's powers its station!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Then at peace and crowned with glory,
Hear your children tell the story!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Chorus
If the loved ones weep in sadness,
Victory soon shall bring them gladness--
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Exultant pride soon vanish sorrow;
Smiles chase tears away to-morrow!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Chorus

36 posted on 06/28/2005 11:15:28 AM PDT by olde north church (Manifest Destiny: a good policy then, a better idea now.)
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To: Moose4

Deo Vendice


37 posted on 06/28/2005 11:15:58 AM PDT by meandog (FOR LURKING DUers)
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To: Moose4

Requiscat in Pacem, fellow Patriot... our time here is tragically short, yet you reached many minds with your unique gift. See you on the other side.


38 posted on 06/28/2005 11:16:04 AM PDT by CGVet58 (God has granted us Liberty, and we owe Him Courage in return)
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To: Moose4

I have never ead any of his books, that's a shame, I will have to do that.


39 posted on 06/28/2005 11:17:37 AM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: Thebaddog
Read the trilogy by Bruce Catton. It will transfix you in the same was as Shelby. RIP.

Always glad to see another Catton fan. "A Stillness at Appomattox" is so good it gives me goose-bumps.

I made my way through Shelby Foote's trilogy once, and I doubt I'll ever re-read it, but I go back to Catton time and again. I do love Shelby Foote's novel "Chickamauga." though...and his shorter Civil War books like "Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign."

40 posted on 06/28/2005 11:19:42 AM PDT by EllaMinnow
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To: BigCinBigD

Thanks for posting that letter. I will play the Ashokan Farewll today in honor of Shelby.


41 posted on 06/28/2005 11:19:44 AM PDT by patriot_wes (papal infallibility - a proud tradition since 1869)
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To: Moose4
Prayers for the Foote family. Mr Foote was a gifted writer, patriotic and a true gentleman.
42 posted on 06/28/2005 11:19:47 AM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.And we're unlikely to get a look into this t)
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To: Moose4

I fell in love with this elegantly spoken man while watching his commentary in the Ken Burns Civil War series. What a true southern gentlemen.

Rest in peace, Prof. Foote.


43 posted on 06/28/2005 11:21:56 AM PDT by ariamne (reformed liberal--Shieldmaiden of the Infidel)
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To: Thebaddog
While Catton is a fine historian in his own right, his writing doesn't grab me that way Foote's did (and does).
44 posted on 06/28/2005 11:26:04 AM PDT by Jokelahoma (Animal testing is a bad idea. They get all nervous and give wrong answers.)
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To: Moose4

RIP. What a majestic Vuhginyuh accent the guy had!


45 posted on 06/28/2005 11:26:35 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Publius

Not only was he an excellent writer, he was a gifted orator. That's not a very common thing.


46 posted on 06/28/2005 11:27:49 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Moose4
A well-lived life is one in which admirers are left behind.

Mr. Foote lived very well, indeed.

47 posted on 06/28/2005 11:30:18 AM PDT by WildHorseCrash
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To: BigCinBigD

"Sarah my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me unresistibly on with all these chains to the battle field."

*SIFFLE* *SOB* Wow. That was a beautiful letter. I was born way too late. Oh, to have received a letter like that from such a brave and patriotic man!

Thanks. Gotta go blow my nose... ;)


48 posted on 06/28/2005 11:31:56 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Moose4

Today's history "revisionists" (or those who have been educated in public schools) should read Shelby Foote's writings. They might just get an education on what the War Between the States was really about. Foote was a truly great historian.


49 posted on 06/28/2005 11:36:38 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: Billthedrill

If you're talking about Shelby Foote, I'm not aware of any Virginia connection. I remember him as a Deep South Mississippi/Memphis man, never afraid to praise the Wizard of the Saddle, Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Shelby Foote was an outstanding writer. I've read his trilogy over and over again, and found only one error, where he puts Spencer carbines in the hands of John Buford's troops as they held off Ewell's corps west of town. Buford's guys carried mostly Sharps carbines. The Spencer carbine didn't get in the hands of the troops until the following October.

Rest in peace, Shelby. Tonight I'll raise a symbolic glass of bourbon and branch in your honor.


50 posted on 06/28/2005 11:36:47 AM PDT by billnaz (Retired Soldier and Proud NRA member.)
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