Shelby Foote (17 November, 1916 – 27 June, 2005) was an American historian and novelist known for his landmark work on the American Civil War.
- ShelbyDade Foote was born in Greenville, MS, as the only child of a local businessman.
- Isaac Shelby, a leader in the American revolution and first and fifth governor of Kentucky was a relative.
- Hezekiah William Foote, slave owner and confederate soldier was the author’s great-grandfather.
- Two of his favorite authors were Shakespeare and Dickens.
- Even though he wrote short stories and poems for the literary magazine of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he dropped out without graduating.
- As a soldier in the United States Army (1940 – 1944), Mr. Foote served as a battery captain of field artillery in Europe. He was discharged after getting caught sneaking off to Belfast, Ireland, to visit a girlfriend.
- The Civil War: A Narrative started when Random House wanted a short account of the American Civil War, this undertaking turned into a 2,934-page, three-volume, 1.5 million-word military history project which took sixteen years (1958 – 1974) to write.
- To those who said that it took him five times as long to write about the war as the soldiers took to fight it, Mr. Foote replied “there were a good many more of them than there was of me.”
- Foote wanted to tell of the American Civil War in a detailed, yet humane, way.
- He had 89 cameos on Ken Burns’s series “The Civil War”
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