By Bruce J. Dinges, Shirley A. Leckie
Common Benjamin H. Grierson is most generally often called 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 profitable raid into Confederate-held Mississippi. In A simply and Righteous reason: Benjamin H. Grierson's Civil warfare 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 photograph of Grierson's prewar and Civil conflict occupation, pertaining to his antislavery perspectives, Republican get together rules, and army approach and strategies. His tale starts together with his mom and dad' immigration to the U.S. and follows his early life, adolescence, and profession as a musician; the early years of his arriage; his enterprise disasters ahead of changing into a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his stories in conflict; and his Reconstruction appointment. Grierson additionally offers intimate bills of his relationships with such favorite politicians and Union leaders as Abraham Lincoln, Richard Yates, Andrew Johnson, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. supply, John C. Fr?mont, and Benjamin Prentiss. simply because Grierson wrote the memoir in general together with his relatives 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 family members 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 noticeable a contemporary surge in curiosity between Civil struggle enthusiasts.A non-West element officer, Grierson owed his constructing occupation to his self sufficient reviews of the army and his connections to political figures in his domestic country of Illinois and later to big Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie offer a useful creation, which supplies historical past at the memoir and areas Grierson's profession into historic context. Aided through fourteen photographs and maps, in addition to the editors' excellent annotations, A simply and Righteous reason is a worthwhile addition to Civil conflict heritage.
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They were not entirely without means, but it was necessary for the head of the family at once to establish a business and pursue it with persistent energy, which he did. He was ambitious, intelligent, and conscious; of ﬁne natural powers, of which his expressive, prepossessing features were the index. Those characteristics were also legible in the tall form, where strength and grace were combined in the entire body, even to the large, but exquisitely formed, hands and feet. Whatever his personal discouragements and regrets may have been, they at least became silent and apparently extinguished in cheerful manly endeavor.
He informed me that she was a cousin of Dr. Lord’s of that city and was visiting at his house. I knew Dr. Lord very well, and was also aware that he was Alice’s cousin. That settled the matter as to the identity of the person in question. I had arranged to go to my home in Jacksonville that day, and upon looking at my watch, found that I had about half an hour to reach the train. I walked rapidly to Dr. Lord’s, and upon entering his oﬃce, which adjoined his house, asked him if it was true that Alice Kirk was stopping with them.
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. For many years after his arrival in this country, my father was a strong Democrat. But, being an ardent lover of liberty, when the encroachments of the slave power made that institution a national as well as sectional sin and disgrace to the Republic, he became an earnest “Free-Soiler,” or “Abolitionist” as then called, although he did not advocate any unlawful interference with slavery where it existed.