By Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie
A simply and Righteous Cause paints a brilliant photograph of Grierson's prewar and Civil battle occupation, referring to his antislavery perspectives, Republican social gathering ideas, and armed forces process and strategies. His tale starts off along with his mom and dad' immigration to the U.S. and follows his early life, early life, and occupation as a musician; the early years of his marriage; his enterprise 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 sought after 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 often along with his relatives 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 kin letters, lends an immediacy hardly present in army memoirs. His memories additionally upload gas 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 conflict, which has noticeable a contemporary surge in curiosity between Civil battle enthusiasts.
A non–West aspect officer, Grierson owed his constructing occupation to his self sustaining stories of the army and his connections to political figures in his domestic country of Illinois and later to big Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie offer a priceless creation, which provides historical past at the memoir and locations Grierson's profession into historic context. Aided by way of fourteen pictures and maps, in addition to the editors' extraordinary annotations, A simply and Righteous Cause is a priceless 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