UNLIKELY WARRIORS: GENERAL BENJAMIN GRIERSON AND HIS FAMILY
William H. LeckieNorman: Oklahoma University Press, 1984. xv,368pp. Illustrations. Bibliography. Notes. Map. First edition. Bright, very fine copy. Except for fading to the spine the dust jacket is fine. The biography of General Benjamin Grierson, who had been a musician, bandleader, and unsuccessful business man before the Civil War. During the war he converted from civilian to brilliant cavalry officer, emerging at the end of the war a national hero. In the reorganized army of 1866, he accepted an appointment as colonel of the Tenth Cavalry, a command of white officers and black enlisted men. For the remainder of his career he served on the western frontier, commanding such Texas posts as Ft. Concho and Ft. Davis. Contains several references to Custer.