Shelby Foote

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A woman who could always love would never grow old; and the love of mother and wife would often give or preserve many charms if it were not too often combined with parental and conjugal anger. There remains in the face of women who are naturally serene and peaceful, and of those rendered so by religion, an after-spring, and later an after-summer, the reflex of their most beautiful bloom.
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Shelby Foote (November 17, 1916 – June 27, 2005) was an author and historian of the American Civil War. A native of Greenville, Mississippi, Foote left college early to enlist in the US Army in 1940. After the war he worked as a journalist, and wrote historical fiction, before becoming a historian specialising in the Civil War period. He wrote a 3000 page three volume history. He was well known to the public from his appearance in Ken Burns' documentary series.

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People make a grievous error thinking that a list of facts is the truth. Facts are just the bare bones out of which truth is made.

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