Foote Dies at 88
Renowned Civil War historian and
author Shelby Foote, an honorary trustee of the Grant Monument
Association (GMA), died June 27 in Memphis.
Foote, 88, was a nationally recognized figure, partially as a result of
his epic book, The Civil War: A Narrative, first published in 1974.
Foote, an accomplished novelist, became even better known to general
audiences through his memorable appearance in Ken Burns’s PBS
documentary, The Civil War. Viewers worldwide were struck by Foote’s
deeply knowledgeable, sincere, and sensitive commentary in the film.
A native of Mississippi, Foote was interred at the historic Elmwood
Cemetery in Memphis, the burial site of more than 1,000 Civil War
soldiers. He is survived by his wife, Gwyn, a daughter and a son.
“The Civil War community has lost one of its most beloved historians,”
said GMA President Edward S. Hochman, adding, “Thank you, Shelby, for
bringing history to life.”
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