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  • DPowell334@AOL.COM
    In a message dated 12/31/2004 9:08:47 PM Central Standard Time, ... I dont thing the whole question is merely one of semantics, however. Foote s trilogy is
    Message 1 of 69 , Jan 1, 2005
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      In a message dated 12/31/2004 9:08:47 PM Central Standard Time, civilwarlady@... writes:


      I think sometimes people get too caught up in this "professional
      historian" versus "historian" or "Authority".  The purpose of a
      professional historian is vastly different than that of a local
      historian or an "expert" in a certain aspect of the war, or
      an "amatuer". And to me,  all of them have something of great value


      I dont thing the whole question is merely one of semantics, however. Foote's trilogy is outstanding - fun to read, as well.

      However, his reliance on secondary sources means that he repeats dozens of errors, and that there are many things in his books that are not true. For example, Foote states that Buford's Cavalry carried repeating rifles at Gettysburg, which is why they held off the Confederates on July 1. This is a myth, but because Foote states it, it gets lots of attention and gets repeated often.

      Foote relied on a previous popular account of the action for that information. Had he worked with primary sources (say, the ordnance returns) he would have discovered that this story isn't true.

      This is why Foote's work is not regularly cited - it contains inaccuracies. And without footnotes, the reader has no idea where a particular statement came from, or how to verify it. People are not simply being snobs.

      This doesn't detract from the value of Foote's work as a popular history, but it does very much limit it's usefulness for serious research.

      Dave Powell
    • Bob Taubman
      I really liked Sherman s Horsemen, by Evans along with those you have mentioned.  Castel s Decision in the West is an excellent read as is Embrace an Angry
      Message 69 of 69 , Dec 17, 2010
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        I really liked Sherman's Horsemen, by Evans along with those you have mentioned.  Castel's Decision in the West is an excellent read as is Embrace an Angry Wind, The Confederacy's Last Hurrah:  Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville by Wiley Sword. 


        From: "pete@..." <pete@...>
        To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Sun, December 12, 2010 10:45:14 AM
        Subject: RE: [civilwarwest] Books

        Wiley Sword and Larry Daniels' books on Shiloh
        Connelly ARMY OF THE HEARTLAND and AUTUMN OF GLORY
        Castel DECISION IN THE WEST THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN
        Peter Cozzens books on Stones River (Murfreesboro) and Iuka & Corinth
        Horn THE DECISIVE BATTLE OF NASHVILLE
        Davis SHERMAN'S MARCH TO THE SEA
        Miers THE WEB OF VICTORY (Vicksburg)
        Horn THE ARMY OF TENNESSEE
        Woodworth NOTHING BUT VICTORY THE ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE
        Sherman and Grant's MEMOIRS

        Along with Chris' question, what thoughts does the group have on WAR LIKE THE THUNDERBOLT?



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        From    : chris bryant[mailto:paladinsf@...]
        Sent    : 12/11/2010 5:49:02 PM
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              Been pretty slow since I subscribed;maybe everybody's on vacation?Thought I'd ask:what books do you particularly recommend on the war in the
        west?I like Thomas Lawrence Connelly;he had a lot to do with my interest in the west and I'm convinced that he was right about the relative
        importance of the theater and the small minded outlook of R.E.LEE.I've read some other books and articles but thought I'd like to hear if this list
        recommends anyone.
                                      Chris Bryant
                                      Oklahoma City


             

           
           

           
           






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