By Bruce J. Dinges, Shirley A. Leckie
Basic 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, 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 struggle Memoir, edited by means of 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 bright photo of Grierson's prewar and Civil conflict profession, bearing on his antislavery perspectives, Republican get together ideas, and armed forces technique and strategies. His tale starts off together with his mom and dad' immigration to the U.S. and follows his early life, early life, and occupation as a musician; the early years of his arriage; his enterprise mess ups sooner than turning 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 well-liked 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 as a rule together with his relations 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 family members 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 struggle, which has noticeable a contemporary surge in curiosity between Civil struggle enthusiasts.A non-West aspect officer, Grierson owed his constructing profession to his autonomous reviews of the army and his connections to political figures in his domestic nation of Illinois and later to big Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie supply a invaluable advent, which supplies history at the memoir and locations Grierson's profession into ancient context. Aided through fourteen pictures and maps, in addition to the editors' impressive annotations, A simply and Righteous reason is a worthy addition to Civil struggle historical past.
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Or Mrs. Lord that I was, or had been, in Springﬁeld, and presumed that sooner or later we would meet again. She had determined, in such an event, to address me as Mr. Grierson. ” She at once exclaimed, “Ben Grierson,” and clasped my extended hand. Well, to make a long story short, I asked her to put on her wraps and come with me to Jacksonville to visit our folks. My sister Mary, who loved her sincerely, would be delighted to welcome her, as would also other members of the family. She hesitated for a moment and looked towards Mrs.
Frequently at night, when all was still, I would open the window of my bedroom and point my clarinet in the direction of the Kirk mansion, and play the tunes I knew she most admired. Of course, my warm feelings towards her enabled me to execute with precision and give that kind of expression so essential to the proper rendering of music. I used to often meet her in those days at school, parties, and elsewhere, and frequently walked by her father’s house in the evening, with the hope of meeting or seeing her.
Her reception at our home was all she could wish. My sister Mary, with her full generous heart, ﬂew out of the house upon our approach, clasped Alice in her arms, and kissed her aﬀectionately. Other members of the family received her most kindly. Alice remained with us several days, until obliged to return to Springﬁeld so as to be there at the opening of An American Boyhood • 28 the seminary. I escorted her on her return, and we frequently met during the time she remained at Springﬁeld. After ﬁnishing her engagement there, she returned to Youngstown, to which place, a few months later, I proceeded, where, on September 24, 1854, we were married at her home, the ceremony being performed by her father, who was not only a good elder in the church,11 but who had during the few years we had been separated, grown older and perhaps wiser.
A Just and Righteous Cause: Benjamin H. Grierson's Civil War Memoir by Bruce J. Dinges, Shirley A. Leckie