A Just and Righteous Cause: Benjamin H. Grierson's Civil War by Bruce J. Dinges, Shirley A. Leckie

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By Bruce J. Dinges, Shirley A. Leckie

Common Benjamin H. Grierson is most generally referred to as the intense cavalryman whose activities within the Civil War's Mississippi Valley crusade facilitated Ulysses S. Grant's seize of Vicksburg. there's, besides the fact that, even more to this key Union officer than a winning raid into Confederate-held Mississippi. In A simply and Righteous reason: Benjamin H. Grierson's Civil warfare Memoir, edited via Bruce J. Dinges and Shirley A. Leckie, Grierson tells his tale in forceful, direct, and hugely attractive prose. A simply and Righteous reason paints a brilliant photo of Grierson's prewar and Civil battle profession, relating his antislavery perspectives, Republican occasion ideas, and army procedure and strategies. His tale starts together with his mom and dad' immigration to the U.S. and follows his youth, early life, and occupation as a musician; the early years of his arriage; his enterprise disasters 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 popular politicians and Union leaders as Abraham Lincoln, Richard Yates, Andrew Johnson, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. furnish, John C. Fr?mont, and Benjamin Prentiss. simply because Grierson wrote the memoir in general together 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 files and correspondence, in addition to relations letters, lends an immediacy infrequently 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 mild at the Western theater of the Civil battle, which has visible a up to date surge in curiosity between Civil struggle 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 special Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie supply a worthy advent, which supplies history at the memoir and areas Grierson's occupation into old context. Aided by means of fourteen pictures and maps, in addition to the editors' extraordinary annotations, A simply and Righteous reason is a invaluable addition to Civil battle background.  

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It was very difficult to stretch my fingers far enough apart to cover up the holes, but I managed somehow to accomplish it and astonished everybody by playing, not only the tunes Mr. White had written, but many others which I had heard my mother and sisters sing. An American Boyhood • 20 I was so infatuated with music that I could think of but little else, being unwilling to give up playing the flute even to eat or sleep. When Professor White returned, he brought me a small octave flute, which suited my small hands much better than the larger one.

When well seated, while John and another man held the horse, she told them to “let him go,” and off went “Grit” as if he had been shot from a cannon. But he did not throw Susan, as every effort made by the horse failed to get her off his back. She would not let him stop when tired of jumping and running, but gave him the whip until she had taken all the “grit” out of him. When she returned to town from her long ride, the horse was perfectly subdued, and she never found any difficulty in riding him thereafter.

However admirable is the strong man who uncomplainingly puts his shoulder to the wheel, tender regard is due the woman by whom the first experiences in hardship were so severely felt, and in whom unfavorable circumstances interacting on delicate health untuned for a time a naturally cheerful mind. During their residence in Pittsburgh, four children were born to Robert and Mary Grierson: John Charles, Robert Henry, Mary, and Benjamin An American Boyhood • 15 Henry. By the varied experience gained during that period, my father and mother had learned to grasp life in a new country with firmer hands, and recollections of the years they had lived in their native land, with the scenes and associations so sacred and dear to memory, were gradually relinquishing their power as the past was withdrawing into the distance.

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