By Bruce J. Dinges,Shirley A. Leckie
A simply and Righteous Cause paints a shiny photo of Grierson's prewar and Civil battle occupation, bearing on his antislavery perspectives, Republican celebration ideas, and army procedure and strategies. His tale starts off along with his mom and dad' immigration to the us and follows his formative years, formative years, and profession as a musician; the early years of his marriage; his company disasters sooner than changing into a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his studies in conflict; and his Reconstruction appointment. Grierson additionally offers intimate bills of his relationships with such well known politicians and Union leaders as Abraham Lincoln, Richard Yates, Andrew Johnson, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. furnish, John C. Frémont, and Benjamin Prentiss.
Because Grierson wrote the memoir generally together with his relations 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, besides kin letters, lends an immediacy not often present in army memoirs. His recollections additionally upload gas 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 visible a contemporary surge in curiosity between Civil battle enthusiasts.
A non–West element officer, Grierson owed his constructing occupation to his self reliant stories of the army and his connections to political figures in his domestic country of Illinois and later to special Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie offer a invaluable creation, which provides heritage at the memoir and locations Grierson's occupation into ancient context. Aided by way of fourteen pictures and maps, in addition to the editors' wonderful annotations, A simply and Righteous Cause is a precious addition to Civil warfare history.
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