Another quote about the Confederate flag is just as good. "I'm for the Confederate flag always and forever.Many among the finest people this country has ever produced died in that war. To take it and call it a symbol of evil is a misrepresentation."I think one of Foote's famous quotes was "I'd be with my people, right or wrong."
There are many Confederate Cemeteries. Most of these are tended by the states.My only wish as an elderly man of 72 years now, is that someday, this great country will come to it's senses,
and declare a National Cemetery location for the Courageous Confederate Dead to lie in honor, peace and
remembrance of the sacrifices that they made for their cause as well. They were Americans too.
About the time some Confederate statues were being removed, Foote's books became way more expensive all of a sudden. I found a nice set of the hardbacks for about $50 but it was a tough search.
I have a Master's Degree in History, with the focus on American History. My Master's Thesis was "The Civil War in Missouri, with a Focus on Rolla, Phelps County and the Surrounding Areas." I used footnotes on every page. And I STILL adore Shelby Foote! To say he is not a true historian is both ridiculous and ignorant. Mr. Foote was a national treasure. His knowledge and passion were informative, insightful and inspiring. I read/watch/listen to him to this very day.It is surprising how many "not-from-the-south" members on another forum object to Foote and say he is not a true historian because he doesn't use footnotes. It almost gives one the impression that there's a little jealousy in some of that criticism.
I like that anecdote as well. Interesting to note that I have read of a few similar instances of that. Its almost like it was a running joke in the ANV. Anyhow, I could listen to Shelby Foote all day.Any mention of Shelby Foote always reminds me of a story he told about a skirmish line forming up just prior to one of the big battles at Gettysburg (I think that's correct). He said the troops' activity jumped a rabbit that then ran down the line and one soldier called after it, "You better run, old hare. If I's an old hare, I'd run too!"
Even typing that was impossible to do without hearing Foote's unmistakable drawl relating the story.
I was favorable impressed by Selby Foote's appearance in Ken Burns' Civil War documentary. I could listen to him talk for hours and was delighted by his authentic quotes from famous Civil War figures.
For your entertainment, I have discovered a series of interviews with Mr. Foote on Youtube.
Thank you for the remarks. The volume is for sale at our used / only book store in town.Yes, was inspired by the Ken Burns series to buy the trilogy, one of the most defined CW reads ever, and it seems to be pretty well balanced in all respects. Was sorry to hear of his death years ago, loved to hear his vocalizations...
Agree totally. My ancestor was killed at Berryville, Virginia fighting with the 6th NY Cavalry. These nutcases, I'm speaking of the ones with mental psychosis, who were tearing down the nation's statues, and those who supported this idiocy, are no different from the Islamofascists who destroyed the history and art in the middle east. In their warped and fevered minds they think that if they destroy the art the whole thing never existed. They are truly mentally ill reprobates.Isn't it sad and strange how agenda driven this topic is? Being from the Seattle area, I have personally seen the disgusting Lenin monument. I remember how 'cool' Seattle thought it was to have Lenin in town... That said, he deserves to be remembered, (in Russia and here) not as a hero, but for the mass murderer he actually was.
Having moved to NE Texas 7 years ago, I stood in defense of our 'Confederate' monument while the BLM movement came through. Even though two of my ancestors fought in the Battle of Nashville in the Union Army, and one of them is buried there...
History, both good and bad, is to be learned from. Not hidden because someone has 'feelings'.
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