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I wanted to let you know that this evening 1-7-19 @8:30 CST on Mississippi Public Broadcast TV will air an 1983 interview with Mr Foote. Also I heard an interview on radio while driving--Could not write man's name down...but the topic was on mississippi authors in early 1900's. The tale goes that Shelby Foote got into a bit of trouble in school and was suspended a week .His parents sent him to this gentleman's fine home and he then sat him down in his library and told him his punishment was to stay there and read the entire week. ..I didnt know where else to place this topic.

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Review of Shelby Foote’s Shiloh: a novel

This work was encountered while searching for YouTube recordings of Shelby Foote. And being a work of fiction, the time required to read it was weighed against the probable value of investing that time… but Shelby Foote’s Shiloh was read, anyway.

If ever there was a book that epitomized, “Don’t judge me by my cover,” this is it. Being a work of “fiction,” author Foote uses observant characters – men who could have existed, but did not – to tell their stories, and relate the experiences of their comrades, much in the same way James Michener unfolded his sweeping sagas. And being a work of fiction, Shiloh: a novel presents a collection of vignettes, told by five different combattants and one squad of soldiers, presented chronologically, relating what Foote believed to be “the most important aspect of Battle of Shiloh taking place at that time.”

Lieutenant Metcalfe begins the story, telling the experience of Confederate troops marching north from Corinth (and along the way, Albert Sidney Johnston and PGT Beauregard are described through interactions.) Captain Fountain, Adjutant of the 53rd Ohio, picks up the story where Metcalfe leaves off, and introduces Colonel Jesse Appler and General W.T. Sherman. A private belonging to the 6th Mississippi describes his unit’s tragic advance against Sherman’s division; and a gunner from Munch’s Minnesota Battery describes that unit’s participation in the fighting (and why he “lost his nerve, and joined the stragglers fleeing for the Landing, just before the Hornet’s Nest surrendered.”)

Sergeant Polly, a scout serving with Colonel Forrest’s Cavalry, describes the aftermath of the surrender of Prentiss; Beauregard calling a halt to offensive action with the arrival of night; and observing the arrival of Buell; and trying to get “someone in authority” to take action before Grant’s Army is reinforced.

A twelve-man squad of Indiana troops, belonging to Lew Wallace’s division, describes the fight on Day Two. (And there is a description of the action at Fallen Timbers.)

A comprehensive telling of The Battle, 240 pages long, it is well worth the time invested to read Shelby Foote’s Shiloh: a novel.

https://archive.org/details/shilohanovel012435mbp/page/n6  Shiloh: a novel by Shelby Foote (1952).

 

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This was an interesting interview..and Ive always loved to hear him speak..maybe go to Mississippi Public Broadcast TV and look for pod cast there...

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Mona

The 1983 Shelby Foote interview is mentioned on google in the following format:

MPB Classics: Postscripts: Shelby Foote -- A 1983 conversation with Mississippi author and historian Shelby Foote

and will be broadcast at 4:30 pm on Wednesday 9 JAN 2019:

https://www.tvpassport.com/tv-listings/stations/pbs-mississippi-public-broadcasting/2200  (scroll down to 4:30 pm.)

[Note:  On closer examination, the "tvpassport.com" site automatically converted to Adelaide Time, so 4:30 was Australia Central Daylight Savings Time... which was over four hours ago. Don't know when Mississippi Public Broadasting intends to run the programme again...]

 

 

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