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By Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie

General 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 trap of Vicksburg. there's, besides the fact that, 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 by way of Bruce J. Dinges and Shirley A. Leckie, Grierson tells his tale in forceful, direct, and hugely enticing prose.

A simply and Righteous Cause paints a shiny photo of Grierson's prewar and Civil battle profession, referring to his antislavery perspectives, Republican celebration rules, and armed forces process and strategies. His tale starts along with his mom and dad' immigration to the USA and follows his youth, formative years, and profession as a musician; the early years of his marriage; his company disasters ahead of changing into a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his reports in conflict; and his Reconstruction appointment. Grierson additionally presents intimate bills of his relationships with such famous 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 quite often along with his kin 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 kin letters, lends an immediacy not often present in army memoirs. His memories additionally upload gasoline to a reemerging debate on squaddies' motivations for enlisting—in Grierson's case, patriotism and ideology—and shed new mild at the Western theater of the Civil battle, which has obvious a up to date surge in curiosity between Civil battle enthusiasts.

A non–West element 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 special Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie offer a precious creation, which supplies heritage at the memoir and areas Grierson's occupation into historic context. Aided via fourteen photographs and maps, in addition to the editors' marvelous annotations, A simply and Righteous Cause is a beneficial addition to Civil conflict history.

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