By Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie
A simply and Righteous Cause paints a bright photo of Grierson's prewar and Civil conflict occupation, bearing on his antislavery perspectives, Republican social gathering rules, and army method and strategies. His tale starts off together with his mom and dad' immigration to the USA and follows his adolescence, adolescence, and occupation as a musician; the early years of his marriage; his company mess ups sooner than changing into a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his reviews in conflict; and his Reconstruction appointment. Grierson additionally offers intimate money owed of his relationships with such admired 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 commonly along with his kin because the meant viewers, he manages to prevent the self-promotion that plagues lots of his contemporaries' chronicles. His reliance on army files and correspondence, besides relatives letters, lends an immediacy hardly present in army memoirs. His recollections additionally upload gasoline 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 struggle, which has noticeable a up to date surge in curiosity between Civil warfare enthusiasts.
A non–West aspect officer, Grierson owed his constructing profession to his autonomous experiences of the army and his connections to political figures in his domestic kingdom of Illinois and later to special Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie offer a useful creation, which supplies history at the memoir and areas Grierson's occupation into historic context. Aided by way of fourteen images and maps, in addition to the editors' brilliant annotations, A simply and Righteous Cause is a helpful 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