By Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie
A simply and Righteous Cause paints a shiny photo of Grierson's prewar and Civil battle profession, bearing on his antislavery perspectives, Republican occasion ideas, and army method and strategies. His tale starts off together with his mom and dad' immigration to the U.S. and follows his early life, early life, and profession as a musician; the early years of his marriage; his enterprise mess ups sooner than changing into a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his studies in conflict; and his Reconstruction appointment. Grierson additionally offers intimate debts of his relationships with such in demand politicians and Union leaders as Abraham Lincoln, Richard Yates, Andrew Johnson, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. provide, John C. Frémont, and Benjamin Prentiss.
Because Grierson wrote the memoir quite often along with his relatives because the meant viewers, he manages to prevent the self-promotion that plagues a lot of his contemporaries' chronicles. His reliance on army documents and correspondence, besides relations letters, lends an immediacy hardly ever present in army memoirs. His recollections additionally upload gas to a reemerging debate on squaddies' motivations for enlisting—in Grierson's case, patriotism and ideology—and shed new mild at the Western theater of the Civil warfare, which has visible a up to date surge in curiosity between Civil struggle enthusiasts.
A non–West element officer, Grierson owed his constructing profession to his autonomous stories of the army and his connections to political figures in his domestic kingdom of Illinois and later to special Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie supply a valuable creation, which supplies heritage at the memoir and locations Grierson's profession into historic context. Aided through fourteen photographs and maps, in addition to the editors' fabulous annotations, A simply and Righteous Cause is a useful addition to Civil warfare history.
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A Just and Righteous Cause: Benjamin H. Grierson’s Civil War Memoir by Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie