Shelby Foote

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Shelby Foote (1916 – 2005) was an American historian and novelist who wrote The Civil War: A Narrative, a massive, three-volume history of the war. Foote became well-known to the public after his appearance in Ken Burns's PBS documentary The Civil War in 1990. In 2003, Foote received the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award presented by the Tulsa Library Trust.

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June 1963

Could ironclads successfully attack land positions? No one knew. Into the very “nest of the rebellion,” sewn with mines and ringed by bristling forts, steamed the proud monitors of the Union fleet

July/August 1991

A novelist and historian who has been fascinated by Johnson’s music for decades tells why

October 1998

One of Memphis’s best-known sons tells why he likes it there