By Bruce J. Dinges, Shirley A. Leckie
Normal 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, notwithstanding, 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 conflict 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 reason paints a shiny photo of Grierson's prewar and Civil struggle occupation, bearing on his antislavery perspectives, Republican celebration rules, and army process and strategies. His tale starts together with his mom and dad' immigration to the us and follows his youth, formative years, and occupation as a musician; the early years of his arriage; his enterprise disasters ahead of turning into a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his stories 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. provide, John C. Fr?mont, and Benjamin Prentiss. simply because Grierson wrote the memoir frequently together with his kinfolk 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 memories additionally upload gas to a reemerging debate on infantrymen' motivations for enlisting—in Grierson's case, patriotism and ideology—and shed new gentle at the Western theater of the Civil struggle, which has obvious a up to date surge in curiosity between Civil conflict enthusiasts.A non-West aspect officer, Grierson owed his constructing occupation to his self reliant reviews of the army and his connections to political figures in his domestic nation of Illinois and later to special Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie supply a necessary advent, which supplies heritage at the memoir and areas Grierson's occupation into old context. Aided by means of fourteen photographs and maps, in addition to the editors' excellent annotations, A simply and Righteous reason is a necessary addition to Civil conflict background.
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But my sister Susan, judging correctly as to the trouble, quickly saddled her horse and was among the ﬁrst to enter An American Boyhood • 17 the room where I lay mangled and bleeding. I was cautiously removed towards our home, but the doctors fearing that I would die before reaching there, I was taken into another house, on the Manning farm, on the south side of the river, a quarter of a mile away, having been unconscious all of that time. Upon awakening from my stupor and hearing my sister’s voice, I at once commenced to tell her how the accident occurred, and when in the midst of my story again became unconscious, remaining so nearly two weeks without speaking as I lay hovering between life and death.
My sister Louisa was always getting up entertainments of some sort for myself and sister Mary. I remember she had a contrivance poked through a broken pane of a front window of her bedroom, which in due time we An American Boyhood • 19 learned was a camera obscura, by means of which, with the room darkened, we were enabled to see on the opposite wall the images of persons and animals that passed along the street in front of our house, much to our amazement and delight. My mother had a very retentive memory and remarkable talent for music.
Pieces were spoken by others of an extravagant nature, either in rhyme or prose, and all took interest enough in the work undertaken to insure a most hearty reception from the constantly changing audience. There was loud, side-splitting laughter and frequent encores were insisted upon. Often after the holidays, as chance meetings of the family occurred with some intimate friends and acquaintances, those productions were reproduced, much to the surprise and merriment of all present. In the fall of 1855, I gave up my profession and removed to Meredosia, a small town situated on the Illinois River, six miles north of Naples and An American Boyhood • 30 about twenty miles from Jacksonville, in the extreme western part of Morgan County.