By Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie
A simply and Righteous Cause paints a vibrant photograph of Grierson's prewar and Civil warfare profession, bearing on his antislavery perspectives, Republican social gathering rules, and armed forces procedure and strategies. His tale starts along with his mom and dad' immigration to the U.S. and follows his formative years, formative years, and occupation as a musician; the early years of his marriage; his company mess ups sooner than turning into a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his stories in conflict; and his Reconstruction appointment. Grierson additionally offers intimate money owed of his relationships with such well known 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 usually 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 documents and correspondence, besides relatives letters, lends an immediacy not often present in army memoirs. His memories additionally upload gasoline to a reemerging debate on infantrymen' motivations for enlisting—in Grierson's case, patriotism and ideology—and shed new gentle at the Western theater of the Civil warfare, which has obvious a contemporary surge in curiosity between Civil battle enthusiasts.
A non–West aspect officer, Grierson owed his constructing profession to his self sufficient stories of the army and his connections to political figures in his domestic country of Illinois and later to special Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie offer a worthy advent, which supplies heritage at the memoir and locations Grierson's profession into old context. Aided through fourteen images and maps, in addition to the editors' remarkable annotations, A simply and Righteous Cause is a invaluable addition to Civil battle history.
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A Just and Righteous Cause: Benjamin H. Grierson’s Civil War Memoir by Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie