Shelby Foote was an American novelist and historian. He was born in Greenville, Mississippi, on November 7, 1916, and attended school there until enrolling at the University of North Carolina. He was a captain of field artillery during WWII, but he never saw battle. He temporarily worked for the Associated Press in their New York bureau after WWII. He moved to Memphis in 1953 and remained there for the rest of his life.
Tournament, Follow Me Down, Love in a Dry Season, Shiloh, Jordan County, and September, September were among Foote's six novels. He is most known for writing The Civil War: A Narrative, a three-volume history that took him twenty years to complete and earned him a spot as a featured expert in Ken Burns' blockbuster PBS documentary The Civil War. Foote was also the recipient of three Guggenheim fellowships during his writing career. Shelby Foote died at the age of 88 in 2005.