By Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie
A simply and Righteous Cause paints a bright photograph of Grierson's prewar and Civil struggle occupation, pertaining to his antislavery perspectives, Republican celebration rules, and army method and strategies. His tale starts off together with his mom and dad' immigration to the us and follows his youth, formative years, and occupation as a musician; the early years of his marriage; his company disasters ahead of 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 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 in general 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 relations 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 obvious a up to date surge in curiosity between Civil warfare enthusiasts.
A non–West aspect officer, Grierson owed his constructing profession to his self sustaining reports 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 beneficial creation, which provides historical past at the memoir and locations Grierson's occupation into old context. Aided by way of fourteen pictures and maps, in addition to the editors' great annotations, A simply and Righteous Cause is a invaluable addition to Civil battle history.
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