Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War in the Words of Those Who Lived It

Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War in the Words of Those Who Lived It

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by Susannah Ural
     
 

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Acclaimed Civil War historian Susannah Ural brings a unique and fresh insight into the war, delving into the historical archives, in particular the untapped resources of the Gilder Lehrmann Institute. Her consummate narrative draws together these different personal recollections to create a textured, detailed portrait of a nation at war with itself. This unique…  See more details below

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Acclaimed Civil War historian Susannah Ural brings a unique and fresh insight into the war, delving into the historical archives, in particular the untapped resources of the Gilder Lehrmann Institute. Her consummate narrative draws together these different personal recollections to create a textured, detailed portrait of a nation at war with itself. This unique examination of the Civil War looks at the desperate battles and the wider experiences wrought by the horrors of the conflict through excerpts from letters and diaries of soldiers on the frontlines, commanders on the eve of battle, anxious families at home, ordinary and famous men and women and slave and free. These first-hand accounts invite readers to set aside assumptions and learn about the divisions and range of opinions on both sides of the contest.

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“This well-researched venture reveals the human side of the Civil War...Ural's fine combination of military history and personal saga uses original documents to excellent effect.” —Publishers Weekly

“The author highlights the social and cultural history of the American Civil War by linking new, rare accounts of families and ordinatry citizens who witnessed the war with a compelling contextual analysis of the period.” —Military History Quarterly

“Taking her sources as her co-authors, Susannah Ural ferries us deep inside the maelstrom of the Civil War to its very heart, where we realize anew that war is not a sequence of battles but a vast mosaic of heart-rending family crises. Beautifully written, exhaustively researched, and highly recommended.” —Professor Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era, University of Georgia

“Susannah J. Ural's Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades masterfully recounts the Civil War, relying on the voices of the people who experienced it. Her narrative captures its vastness and violence, moving North to South, battlefield to homefront, but also poignant moments of intimacy and loss… The result is a fresh and engaging account of the conflict.” —Lesley J. Gordon, Editor, Civil War History

“Susannah J. Ural reminds us that the Civil War was fought by real people with families and deep emotional connections... This is the Civil War as lived experience, vibrantly and movingly written.” —Professor Anne Sarah Rubin, author of A Shattered Nation

“In this dramatic, expertly conceived and executed work, editor Ural deftly weaves the words and lives of the participants into a narrative of rare depth and insight. What she achieves is to go beyond the simple daily routines of the historical actors, as the powerful letters and journals she includes give readers a sense of the internal struggles that flowed through every facet of the war and society itself. And if the participants' words and the editor's remarkable prose and historical knowledge were not enough, the work also contains a most impressive and generous set of high-resolution plates. For Civil War enthusiasts and historians of the era, this is a must read. Summing Up: Essential.” —T. Maxwell-Long, California State University, San Bernardino, CHOICE Magazine

“Gracefully written and powerfully argued, Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades offers an eye-opening new perspective on the Civil War's social and cultural history.” —Professor Amy Murrell Taylor, author of The Divided Family in Civil War America

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ISBN-13:
9781472806727
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/20/2013
Series:
General Military
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
1,220,223
File size:
12 MB
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Meet the Author

Susannah Ural is associate professor of History at University of Southern Mississippi. She is a frequent contributor to a variety of magazines and journals, including America's Civil War, Civil War Times, and The Journal of Military History. Ural also is a frequent lecturer at industry events and conferences for such organizations as Society of Civil War Historians, Society of Military Historians, and U.S. Army War College. She is a member of a number of professional associations, including American Irish Historical Society, Civil War Preservation Trust, Society for Military History, and Southern Historical Association. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (www.gilderlehrman.org) is a non-profit organization supporting the study and love of American history through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts throughout the nation.

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Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War In The Words of Those Who Lived It 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades is a great and insightful read. It isn't what I thought it was going to be but I'm not complaining! I loved how the author incorporated the letters of different people to write this book. I love reading about the American Civil War and have for 10-15 years. I still read things in this book I did not know about. Susannah Ural even gives you what happened to certain people after the war.  When I find myself talking at the dinner table about this book, then I know it is definitely a must read! I'm going to be checking more books by this author. I would definitely give this one 5 stars!