Shelby Foote

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Birthday
17, 1916
Birthplace
Greenville, MS
Death Date
Jun 27, 2005 (88)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
17, 1916
Birthplace
Greenville, MS
Death Date
Jun 27, 2005 (88)

About

An influential Civil War historian and author, he is best known for his three-volume work, The Civil War: A Narrative. He was one of the primary historians interviewed in the Ken Burns PBS mini-series, The Civil War.

Before Fame

He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and wrote for the university's literary journal. He published his debut novel, Tournament, in 1949.

Trivia

His detailed historical accounts of the Civil War focus on everything from intimate moments (such as Robert E. Lee's tearful, post-surrender address to his Confederate troops) to large-scale military strategy.

Family Life

He was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and he died in Memphis, Tennessee. He was married three times-- to Tess Lavery, Peggy Desommes, and Gwyn Rainer-- and had two children.

Associated With

He considered fellow southern author, William Faulkner, to be his literary mentor.