By Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie
A simply and Righteous Cause paints a brilliant photograph of Grierson's prewar and Civil conflict occupation, bearing on his antislavery perspectives, Republican celebration ideas, and army technique and strategies. His tale starts together with his mom and dad' immigration to the us and follows his adolescence, early life, and profession as a musician; the early years of his marriage; his enterprise disasters sooner than turning into a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his stories in conflict; and his Reconstruction appointment. Grierson additionally offers intimate bills of his relationships with such well-liked politicians and Union leaders as Abraham Lincoln, Richard Yates, Andrew Johnson, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. furnish, John C. Frémont, and Benjamin Prentiss.
Because Grierson wrote the memoir frequently along with his kinfolk because the meant viewers, he manages to prevent the self-promotion that plagues a lot of his contemporaries' chronicles. His reliance on army files and correspondence, besides kinfolk letters, lends an immediacy hardly ever present in army memoirs. His recollections additionally upload gas to a reemerging debate on infantrymen' motivations for enlisting—in Grierson's case, patriotism and ideology—and shed new mild at the Western theater of the Civil warfare, which has noticeable a contemporary surge in curiosity between Civil conflict enthusiasts.
A non–West aspect officer, Grierson owed his constructing occupation to his self sufficient stories of the army and his connections to political figures in his domestic nation of Illinois and later to big Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie offer a worthy creation, which provides historical past at the memoir and areas Grierson's profession into old context. Aided via fourteen photographs and maps, in addition to the editors' very good annotations, A simply and Righteous Cause is a beneficial addition to Civil conflict history.
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A Just and Righteous Cause: Benjamin H. Grierson’s Civil War Memoir by Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie