Noted Civil War historian Shelby Foote has died.
If you ever watched an episode of Ken Burn's documentary, The Civil War, then you probably saw Shelby Foote.
Actually a novelist, Foote was asked to write a single-volume history of the Civil War. Twenty years later, he produced a three-volume work that is generally considered to be the best single-author history of America's greatest trial. And Mr. Foote had enough of a sense of humor to admit it had taken five times as long to write as it did to fight the war - "but there were thousands of them and only one of me," he explained.
Thanks for that, Mr. Foote. Rest in peace.