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Remembering Civil War Historian Shelby Foote

A Compilation Of Sayings Of Shelby Foote  (1916 – 2005)

Foote was relatively unknown to the general public for most of his life until his appearance in Ken Burns’s PBS documentary The Civil War in 1990, where he introduced a generation of Americans to a war that he believed was “central to all our lives.”

“It is very necessary if you’re going to understand the American character in the 20th Century, to learn about this enormous catastrophe in the mid-19th Century. It was the crossroads of our being and it was a hell of a crossroads”.

Shelby Dade Foote, Jr. was an American historian and novelist who wrote The Civil War: A Narrative, a massive, three-volume history of the war.


Antietam Battlefield

according to wikipedia:  “It is a National Park Service protected area along Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, Maryland which commemorates the American Civil War Battle of Antietam that occurred on September 17, 1862. The area, situated on fields among the Appalachian foothills near the Potomac River.”

according to me:  one of the most influential battles in the civil war, no doubt. like every other national park, it is kept almost spotless and virtually untouched since the day it was abandoned by soldiers. the landscape and its simplistic beauty seems eerie, however, when considering the bloodshed that occurred back in 1862. still, it’s a really cool place with a really insane history.

Piedmont Physicians Palmetto Welcomes Jacqueline Harris, M.D., MPH, As Bidemi Leyimu, M.D., Moves to Piedmont Physicians Sharpsburg

ATLANTA (February 3, 2012) – Jacqueline Harris, M.D., MPH, has joined the staff of Piedmont Physicians at Palmetto, located at 815 Weldon Road, Palmetto, GA. She fills the position previously held by Bidemi Leyimu, M.D., who had worked in the Palmetto office on a temporary basis for the past year.

“We are very happy to have Dr. Harris joining our practice,” said Berney Crane, president of Piedmont Medical Care Corporation. “Her years of experience in family medicine make her ideally suited to caring for patients in Palmetto and the surrounding communities for years to come.”

“We would also like to thank Dr. Leyimu for all of her efforts maintaining continuity of care in Palmetto until a suitable replacement could be found,” Crane added. “We are extremely pleased she is remaining a part of the Piedmont family at Piedmont Physicians Sharpsburg.” Dr. Harris received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Paine College in Augusta, GA, and then went on to earn her master’s in public health in health policy and management from Emory University-Rollins School of Public Health. She earned her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. 

Prior to joining Piedmont Physicians Group, Dr. Harris completed her residency with Wake Forest Family Medicine Residency Program at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. While fulfilling her residency, she was appointed the resident member of the Wake Forest Family Medicine Residency Selection Committee in 2008. She was also an active member on the Patient Education Curriculum Committee. Dr. Harris developed the first group diabetes Patient Education Office Visits program, where she educated and managed patients with diabetes in group settings. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, National Medical Association and both the Georgia and North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.For patients who would like to continue their relationship with Dr. Leyimu, she is now at Piedmont Physicians Sharpsburg, 61 Robinson Lake Road, Newnan, GA. For more information about Piedmont Physicians Group, visit

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Jacqueline Harris, M.D., MPH

Monument At Antietam National Battlefield, Dedicated In 1997

The lineage of the Irish Brigade has been officially assigned to “Fighting 69th” of the New York National Guard, which is the only currently active military unit that formed part of it.

On September 17, 1862, the Union and Confederate armies met at Sharpsburg Maryland, in the Battle of Antietam. Command confusion led to the disjointed use of the II Corps, and instead of supporting renewed assaults on the Confederate left at the West Woods, the Irish Brigade found itself facing the center of the Confederate line, entrenched in an old sunken farm road. 

The brigade again acted conspicuously, assaulting the road, referred to after the battle as “Bloody Lane”. Although unsuccessful, the brigade’s attack gave supporting troops enough time to flank and break the Confederate position, at the cost of 60% casualties for the Irish Brigade.