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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: billnaz
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.

There has certainly been a lot of confusion about whether Buford's men had single shot carbines or Spencer repeating rifles (as I learned in researching my ancestors' 8th IL Cav). It's too bad Foote never cleared it up in later printings or speeches.

Nevertheless, his writing and speaking style was superb, and the fact that he spent 20 years researching and writing his three volume narrative is impressive.

87 posted on 06/28/2005 12:34:05 PM PDT by ravinson
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To: Moose4

IMHO, the best books about the Civil War are:

1. The three-volume series "The Civil War" by Shelby Foote.

2. The three-volume series "Lee's Lieutenants" by Douglas Southhall Freeman.

3. The three-volume series about the Army of The Potomac written by Bruce Catton, that ended with "A Stillness at Appomatox."


154 posted on 06/28/2005 8:41:13 PM PDT by 04-Bravo (If I make it to heaven, give me a rebel yell...)
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