Summary Of Shelby Foote's Shiloh

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Shelby Foote was born on November 17, 1916 in the city of Greenville, Mississippi. Both his father Shelby Dade Foote, Sr. and mother Lillian Rosenstock Foote came from wealthy families. However, due to gambling problems on his father’s side, and the depression on his mother’s side, both families wealth decreased tremendously by the time Shelby Foote was born (olemiss.edu). After receiving a higher position at his job, Foote Sr. was able to move his family from “Jackson, Mississippi, to Vicksburg, Mississippi, and then to Pensacola, Florida” (olemiss.edu). Then in 1922, Foote’s family moved to “Mobile, Alabama, where Foote would serve as supervisor for all regional Armour Meats operations” (olemiss.edu). Unfortunately, not long after moving,…show more content…
Shiloh gives the reader a more in-depth look at was going on in the minds of soldiers during this battle. Shiloh is certainly a novel that gives its readers a first person perspective of the battle – a different person speaking of what was going on at their particular location tells each chapter. The book changes from views of confederate to union soldiers and officers. Although some were from the North and others were from the South they shared similar…show more content…
Frequently, textbooks leave out information not on purpose, but because it is not known to historians. Since the only people that witnessed the battles and what was actually going on have passed away, they cannot share the experience with someone in order for it to be written down. Consequently, those personal experiences are lost. In Shelby Foote’s novel Shiloh I was able to read first hand accounts of what the soldiers along with everyone else engaged in the Battle of Shiloh were going through. Basically, it enabled me to get inside of their heads and see what they were thinking at that particular time, something I would not be able to experience in a
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