In the wildly popular movie Forrest Gump (1994), the audience is treated to a fanciful story-line that finds the main character just happening to show up at the right/wrong place at the right time throughout the turbulent decade of the 1960s.  In like fashion, Morris Cooper Foote (1843-1905) was a lot like Forrest Gump during his vast military career that spanned nearly five decades. It was surely in his genes. His grandfather was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, he was related to the famed U.S. writer James Fenimore Cooper, and Cooperstown, NY – the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame – was also named after a relative.

Next post?  Foote’s Civil War service

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