By Bruce J. Dinges, Shirley A. Leckie
Common Benjamin H. Grierson is most generally referred to as the bright cavalryman whose activities within the Civil War's Mississippi Valley crusade facilitated Ulysses S. Grant's catch of Vicksburg. there's, even if, even more to this key Union officer than a profitable raid into Confederate-held Mississippi. In A simply and Righteous reason: Benjamin H. Grierson's Civil battle Memoir, edited through Bruce J. Dinges and Shirley A. Leckie, Grierson tells his tale in forceful, direct, and hugely enticing prose. A simply and Righteous reason paints a vibrant photo of Grierson's prewar and Civil battle profession, pertaining to his antislavery perspectives, Republican celebration rules, and armed forces technique and strategies. His tale starts together with his mom and dad' immigration to the USA and follows his formative years, adolescence, and occupation as a musician; the early years of his arriage; 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 presents intimate money owed of his relationships with such fashionable politicians and Union leaders as Abraham Lincoln, Richard Yates, Andrew Johnson, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. provide, John C. Fr?mont, and Benjamin Prentiss. simply because Grierson wrote the memoir ordinarily 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, in addition to relatives letters, lends an immediacy hardly ever present in army memoirs. His memories additionally upload gas to a reemerging debate on squaddies' motivations for enlisting—in Grierson's case, patriotism and ideology—and shed new gentle at the Western theater of the Civil battle, which has visible a up to date 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 kingdom of Illinois and later to big Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie offer a necessary advent, which supplies historical past at the memoir and areas Grierson's profession into ancient context. Aided through fourteen images and maps, in addition to the editors' very good annotations, A simply and Righteous reason is a priceless addition to Civil warfare heritage.
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