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A just and righteous cause : Benjamin H. Grierson's Civil War memoir /
edited by Bruce J. Dinges and Shirley A. Leckie.
imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2008.
description
xi, 449 p.
ISBN
0809328593 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780809328598 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2008.
isbn
0809328593 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780809328598 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6676914
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 419-427) and index.
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"Ben Grierson wrote as well as he fought. No one has told the story of his famous raid through Mississippi in 1863 as well as Grierson himself. These memoirs offer an unmatched account of cavalry operations in the Tennessee/Mississippi theater of the Civil War." James M. McPherson, author ofTried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
"Ben Grierson wrote as well as he fought. No one has told the story of his famous raid through Mississippi in 1863 as well as Grierson himself. These memoirs offer an unmatched account of cavalry operations in the Tennessee/Mississippi theater of the Civil War." --James M. McPherson, author of Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
"Ben Grierson wrote as well as he fought. No one has told the story of his famous raid through Mississippi in 1863 as well as Grierson himself. These memoirs offer an unmatched account of cavalry operations in the Tennessee/Mississippi theater of the Civil War." James M. McPherson, author of Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
"Benjamin H. Grierson is most famous for his successful cavalry raid across Mississippi and into Louisiana during the Vicksburg campaign, but he served in many other campaigns and mingled with many important personages, as recounted in A Just and Righteous Cause: Benjamin H. Grierson's Civil War Memoir.Historians approach memoirs with caution; but editors Bruce J. Dinges and Shirley A. Leckie note that though Grierson completed his memoirs in 1892, he used his personal and official wartime correspondence while writing. Nevertheless, Grierson occasionally made factual errors, as the editors point out in their well-rounded notes, which also provide background on people and events. The memoirs have a conversational tone, and it is easy to imagine sitting by Grierson and listening to his story. There is much of interest and value in this account of a civilian who became a successful military leader during the war and then went on to serve in the postwar army. Perhaps because it was written many years after the war, it does not have quite the gritty tone that Lee's Last Casualtyand The Good Fight That Didn't Endpossess, but Grierson's high-level perspective is valuable." --M. Jane Johansson

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General Benjamin H. Grierson is most widely known as the brilliant cavalryman whose actions in the Civil War's Mississippi Valley campaign facilitated Ulysses S. Grant's capture of Vicksburg. This book paints a vivid picture of Grierson's prewar and Civil War career.
Main Description
General Benjamin H. Grierson is most widely known as the brilliant cavalryman whose actions in the Civil War's Mississippi Valley campaign facilitated Ulysses S. Grant's capture of Vicksburg .There is, however, much more to this key Union officer than a successful raid into Confederate-held Mississippi. In A Just and Righteous Cause: Benjamin H. Grierson's Civil War Memoir,edited by Bruce J. Dinges and Shirley A. Leckie, Grierson tells his story in forceful, direct, and highly engaging prose. A Just and Righteous Causepaints a vivid picture of Grierson's prewar and Civil War career, touching on his antislavery views, Republican Party principles, and military strategy and tactics. His story begins with his parents' immigration to the United States and follows his childhood, youth, and career as a musician; the early years of his arriage; his business failures prior to becoming a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his experiences in battle; and his Reconstruction appointment. Grierson also provides intimate accounts of his relationships with such prominent politicians and Union leaders as Abraham Lincoln, Richard Yates, Andrew Johnson, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, John C. Fremont, and Benjamin Prentiss. Because Grierson wrote the memoir mainly with his family as the intended audience, he manages to avoid the self-promotion that plagues many of his contemporaries' chronicles. His reliance on military records and correspondence, along with family letters, lends an immediacy rarely found in military memoirs. His reminiscences also add fuel to a reemerging debate on soldiers' motivations for enlisting--in Grierson's case, patriotism and ideology--and shed new light on the Western theater of the Civil War, which has seen a recent surge in interest among Civil War enthusiasts. A non-West Point officer, Grierson owed his developing career to his independent studies of the military and his connections to political figures in his home state of Illinois and later to important Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie provide a helpful introduction, which gives background on the memoir and places Grierson's career into historical context. Aided by fourteen photos and two maps, as well as the editors' superb annotations, A Just and Righteous Causeis a valuable addition to Civil War history.
Main Description
General Benjamin H. Grierson is most widely known as the brilliant cavalryman whose actions in the Civil War's Mississippi Valley campaign facilitated Ulysses S. Grant's capture of Vicksburg.There is, however, much more to this key Union officer than a successful raid into Confederate-held Mississippi. InA Just and Righteous Cause: Benjamin H. Grierson's Civil War Memoir,edited by Bruce J. Dinges and Shirley A. Leckie, Grierson tells his story in forceful, direct, and highly engaging prose. A Just and Righteous Causepaints a vivid picture of Grierson's prewar and Civil War career, touching on his antislavery views, Republican Party principles, and military strategy and tactics. His story begins with his parents' immigration to the United States and follows his childhood, youth, and career as a musician; the early years of his arriage; his business failures prior to becoming a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his experiences in battle; and his Reconstruction appointment. Grierson also provides intimate accounts of his relationships with such prominent politicians and Union leaders as Abraham Lincoln, Richard Yates, Andrew Johnson, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, John C. Fremont, and Benjamin Prentiss. Because Grierson wrote the memoir mainly with his family as the intended audience, he manages to avoid the self-promotion that plagues many of his contemporaries' chronicles. His reliance on military records and correspondence, along with family letters, lends an immediacy rarely found in military memoirs. His reminiscences also add fuel to a reemerging debate on soldiers' motivations for enlisting--in Grierson's case, patriotism and ideology--and shed new light on the Western theater of the Civil War, which has seen a recent surge in interest among Civil War enthusiasts. A non-West Point officer, Grierson owed his developing career to his independent studies of the military and his connections to political figures in his home state of Illinois and later to important Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie provide a helpful introduction, which gives background on the memoir and places Grierson's career into historical context. Aided by fourteen photos and two maps, as well as the editors' superb annotations,A Just and Righteous Causeis a valuable addition to Civil War history.
Main Description
General Benjamin H. Grierson is most widely known as the brilliant cavalryman whose actions in the Civil War's Mississippi Valley campaign facilitated Ulysses S. Grant's capture of Vicksburg.There is, however, much more to this key Union officer than a successful raid into Confederate-held Mississippi. InA Just and Righteous Cause: Benjamin H. Grierson's Civil War Memoir,edited by Bruce J. Dinges and Shirley A. Leckie, Grierson tells his story in forceful, direct, and highly engaging prose. A Just and Righteous Causepaints a vivid picture of Grierson's prewar and Civil War career, touching on his antislavery views, Republican Party principles, and military strategy and tactics. His story begins with his parents' immigration to the United States and follows his childhood, youth, and career as a musician; the early years of his arria≥ his business failures prior to becoming a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his experiences in batt≤ and his Reconstruction appointment. Grierson also provides intimate accounts of his relationships with such prominent politicians and Union leaders as Abraham Lincoln, Richard Yates, Andrew Johnson, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, John C. Fremont, and Benjamin Prentiss. Because Grierson wrote the memoir mainly with his family as the intended audience, he manages to avoid the self-promotion that plagues many of his contemporaries' chronicles. His reliance on military records and correspondence, along with family letters, lends an immediacy rarely found in military memoirs. His reminiscences also add fuel to a reemerging debate on soldiers' motivations for enlistingin Grierson's case, patriotism and ideologyand shed new light on the Western theater of the Civil War, which has seen a recent surge in interest among Civil War enthusiasts. A non-West Point officer, Grierson owed his developing career to his independent studies of the military and his connections to political figures in his home state of Illinois and later to important Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie provide a helpful introduction, which gives background on the memoir and places Grierson's career into historical context. Aided by fourteen photos and two maps, as well as the editors' superb annotations,A Just and Righteous Causeis a valuable addition to Civil War history.
Main Description
General Benjamin H. Grierson is most widely known as the brilliant cavalryman whose actions in the Civil War's Mississippi Valley campaign facilitated Ulysses S. Grant's capture of Vicksburg .There is, however, much more to this key Union officer than a successful raid into Confederate-held Mississippi. In A Just and Righteous Cause: Benjamin H. Grierson's Civil War Memoir,edited by Bruce J. Dinges and Shirley A. Leckie, Grierson tells his story in forceful, direct, and highly engaging prose. A Just and Righteous Causepaints a vivid picture of Grierson's prewar and Civil War career, touching on his antislavery views, Republican Party principles, and military strategy and tactics. His story begins with his parents' immigration to the United States and follows his childhood, youth, and career as a musician; the early years of his arria≥ his business failures prior to becoming a cavalry officer in an Illinois regiment; his experiences in batt≤ and his Reconstruction appointment. Grierson also provides intimate accounts of his relationships with such prominent politicians and Union leaders as Abraham Lincoln, Richard Yates, Andrew Johnson, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, John C. Frémont, and Benjamin Prentiss. Because Grierson wrote the memoir mainly with his family as the intended audience, he manages to avoid the self-promotion that plagues many of his contemporaries' chronicles. His reliance on military records and correspondence, along with family letters, lends an immediacy rarely found in military memoirs. His reminiscences also add fuel to a reemerging debate on soldiers' motivations for enlistingin Grierson's case, patriotism and ideologyand shed new light on the Western theater of the Civil War, which has seen a recent surge in interest among Civil War enthusiasts. A non-West Point officer, Grierson owed his developing career to his independent studies of the military and his connections to political figures in his home state of Illinois and later to important Union leaders. Dinges and Leckie provide a helpful introduction, which gives background on the memoir and places Grierson's career into historical context. Aided by fourteen photos and two maps, as well as the editors' superb annotations, A Just and Righteous Causeis a valuable addition to Civil War history.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Map of Southern Illinois in 1861p. xii
Map of Benjamin H. Grierson's Area of Military Operations in the Civil Warp. xiii
Editors' Introductionp. 1
Prefacep. 8
An American Boyhoodp. 11
Rallying around the Flagp. 34
Colonel of the 6th Illinois Cavalryp. 60
Scouting after Guerillas in West Tennesseep. 85
From Iuka to Holly Springsp. 110
Grierson's Raidp. 134
The Siege of Port Hudsonp. 187
Reorganizing the Cavalry in West Tennesseep. 197
The Meridian Expeditionp. 215
Operations against Forrestp. 225
Brice's Cross Roadsp. 242
A. J. Smith's Operations in Mississippip. 257
Reorganization and Controversyp. 279
Raid on the Mobile and Ohio Railroadp. 301
A Visit to Washingtonp. 317
Final Operationsp. 323
Reconstruction Dutyp. 349
Conclusionp. 369
Notesp. 373
Bibliographyp. 419
Indexp. 429
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