Questions tagged [shelby-foote]

For questions about the novelist and historian Shelby Foote or about any of his literary works. He is best known for "The Civil War: a Narrative", which is a 3-volume history of the American Civil War.

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Why did Volume 3 of “The Civil War: A Narrative” take so long to write?

The Wikipedia page on The Civil War: a Narrative says the following about the publication history: In 1964 [Shelby Foote] began Volume 3, Red River to Appomattox, but found himself repeatedly ...
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Why does Shelby Foote use the phrase “airline miles” in The Civil War: a Narrative?

In The Civil War: a Narrative, Shelby Foote periodically uses the phrase "airline miles" to mean "distance on a straight line." I can't recall offhand hearing this phrase anywhere else; why this ...