By Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie
A simply and Righteous Cause paints a shiny photo of Grierson's prewar and Civil battle profession, pertaining to his antislavery perspectives, Republican social gathering rules, and armed forces procedure and strategies. His tale starts off together with his mom and dad' immigration to the USA and follows his early life, formative years, and occupation as a musician; the early years of his marriage; his enterprise mess ups ahead of changing into a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his reviews in conflict; and his Reconstruction appointment. Grierson additionally offers intimate debts of his relationships with such admired politicians and Union leaders as Abraham Lincoln, Richard Yates, Andrew Johnson, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. supply, John C. Frémont, and Benjamin Prentiss.
Because Grierson wrote the memoir generally along with his family members because the meant viewers, he manages to prevent the self-promotion that plagues lots of his contemporaries' chronicles. His reliance on army documents and correspondence, in addition to relatives letters, lends an immediacy hardly 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 conflict enthusiasts.
A non–West aspect officer, Grierson owed his constructing occupation to his self sufficient reviews 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 precious creation, which supplies heritage at the memoir and locations Grierson's occupation into historic context. Aided via fourteen images and maps, in addition to the editors' fantastic annotations, A simply and Righteous Cause is a necessary addition to Civil struggle history.
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A Just and Righteous Cause: Benjamin H. Grierson’s Civil War Memoir by Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie