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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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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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To: Moose4

Sad to hear. The PBS Civl War documentary with his insight was one of the best things I have ever seen on TV.


51 posted on 06/28/2005 11:36:52 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Moose4

The story goes that Burns was just supposed to talk to Foote for a couple of hours. Foote was so good, that Burns ended up with 11 hours of usable footage. Frankly, I would pay more to see the uneditted footage than I would for Burns' stilted, agenda driven finished product.

Godspeed, Mr. Foote.


52 posted on 06/28/2005 11:42:18 AM PDT by danno3150
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To: Moose4

This is very sad news for me. I was fortunate to meet him a couple of times over the years. He was always very kind. When I was a kid, he lived just a short distance from my family outside Memphis. Rest in peace Mr. Foote.


53 posted on 06/28/2005 11:43:16 AM PDT by DarthDilbert
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To: kayak; Dog

A loss...Foote MADE that Burns Civil War series.


54 posted on 06/28/2005 11:43:46 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*)
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To: WKB; bourbon

Mississippi ping


55 posted on 06/28/2005 11:43:53 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: Moose4

I saw him once on CSpans booktalk. I believe he wrote all his books longhand, using an old "dip" fountain pen, where he had to dip the pen's nib in an inkwell everytime, after writing out just a few words.


56 posted on 06/28/2005 11:44:28 AM PDT by BansheeBill
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To: Moose4
RIP Mr. Foote.


57 posted on 06/28/2005 11:46:50 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: danno3150

Frankly, I would pay more to see the uneditted footage than I would for Burns' stilted, agenda driven finished product.


Agreed. Mr. Foote was the only thing that kept me from throwing my TV out in the front yard while watching Burns' "historical" epic...


58 posted on 06/28/2005 11:50:31 AM PDT by awelliott
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To: awelliott

I've read all three volumes of Foote's Civil War chronicles and I got the sense that ol' Shelby thought that the wrong side had won the war. It sort of amused me that Burns, given his agenda, completely missed that and made Foote a focal point of his piece.


59 posted on 06/28/2005 11:57:10 AM PDT by danno3150
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To: bobbdobbs
That works out to 1000 words per volume. Doesn't seem like a lot. :-) Leave it to CNN.

It was a 3,000 page trilogy. Maybe the CNN version has an abridged version with really, really big print?

60 posted on 06/28/2005 11:57:21 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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