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 Posted: Sat May 12th, 2012 04:22 am
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What I admire most perhaps about Foote is insight toward the microeconomic perspective of the war. History being what it is we, as in United States citizens, tend to think of the war monolithically in terms of a block of good versus a block of evil. But Foote's popularization changed that, at least for me.

He taught me that each side had men with their own fears, their own families and their own culture, whether Georgian, Irish or Pennsylvanian. That there was great valor on both sides, something never mentioned in public school, and that both North and South had instances of brilliant tactics. That for every Sherman there was a Forrest, for every Grant there was a Lee, and for every Hooker there was a Jackson.

To be frank, as a "Northerner" he opened my eyes to this, and for that I will forever be in his debt. He let me see this great war as the beautiful and dreadful thing that it was, that I should never grow too fond of it...

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