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Don't Hurry me down to Hades: The Civil War in the words of those who lived it, Susannah J. Ural

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Don't Hurry me down to Hades: The Civil War in the words of those who lived it, Susannah J. Ural

Don't Hurry me down to Hades: The Civil War in the words of those who lived it, Susannah J. Ural

The aim of this book is to tell the story of the American Civil War through the voices of the participants and their relatives, using sources that were intended for use at the time - letters, speeches, newspaper articles - or that were private such as diaries - rather than post-war memoirs, often written with a different audience in mind or to justify someone's wartime performance. The aim is to filter out that post-war distortion and get back as close as possible to people's genuine feeling at the time.

This is an ambitious project, and there isn't enough space to cover every aspect of the fighting. Instead the narrative focuses on the fighting in Virginia, with other theatres given much less space. I can understand this decision - it gives Ural the space to include sizable sections on the home front, North and South, and an interesting chapter on the assassination of President Lincoln and its aftermath.

One major absence is Sherman's march across the heart of the Confederacy, to Atlanta and then to the sea. This campaign extended the fighting into areas that had believed themselves to be safe, and it would have been interesting to see how both sides reacted to that expansion of the war.

The first chapter, looking at the build-up to secession and the start of the fighting in 1861, helps demolish any idea that the war wasn't fought over slavery. Abolition may not have been the United States' official war aims at first, but it was very clear that the defence of slavery and the unwillingness to compromise over it was at the heart of the secession movement. That isn't to say that every southerner fought for that reason - it is also very clear that many simply felt more loyal to their state than to their country, but it was the motivation for the original leaders of secession.

This is an interesting read, giving us a different view of the American Civil War - a compelling read that paints a more in-depth picture of the impact of the war on its participants and their families, and their very different perspectives on their role in the war.

Chapters
1 - Preparing for a war to the death
2 - A war for Union and Freedom
3 - Yet another season of war
4 - The war's darkest hour
5 - The final act

Author: Susannah J. Ural
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Publisher: Osprey
Year: 2013



Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War in the Words of Those Who Lived It (General Military): Soldiers and Families in America’s Civil War Paperback – 17 November 2015

“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

About the Author

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Susannah J. Ural&rsquos Don&rsquot 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&hellip The result is a fresh and engaging account of the conflict. 
--Lesley J. Gordon, Editor, Civil War History

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

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 ex
perience, vibrantly and movingly written.
--Professor Anne Sarah Rubin, author of A Shattered Nation

Gracefully written and powerfully argued, Don&rsquot Hurry Me Down to Hades offers an eye-opening new perspective on the Civil War&rsquos social and cultural history.
--Professor Amy Murrell Taylor, author of The Divided Family in Civil War America

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

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

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 


Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War in the Words of Those Who Lived It (English Edition) Format Kindle

Susannah J. Ural&rsquos Don&rsquot 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&hellip The result is a fresh and engaging account of the conflict. 
--Lesley J. Gordon, Editor, Civil War History

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

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 ex
perience, vibrantly and movingly written.
--Professor Anne Sarah Rubin, author of A Shattered Nation

Gracefully written and powerfully argued, Don&rsquot Hurry Me Down to Hades offers an eye-opening new perspective on the Civil War&rsquos social and cultural history.
--Professor Amy Murrell Taylor, author of The Divided Family in Civil War America

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

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

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 

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Biographie de l'auteur

Susannah J. Ural, PhD., is an Associate Professor of History and Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi. She teaches a variety of courses relating to nineteenth-century America, the field of war and society, and the U.S. Civil War era. Her first book, The Harp and the Eagle: Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865 (NYU Press, 2006) examined the motivations and experiences of Irish Catholic soldiers and their families. Her second work, the edited collection Civil War Citizens: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in America's Bloodiest Conflict, (NYU Press, 2010) chronicles larger ethnic experiences in the 1860s. She is currently finishing her narrative history of John Bell Hood's Texas Brigade, entitled Hood's Boys, which highlights the experiences of the men and the families of this unit, the communities from which they came, and how they represent the larger Confederate experience. Susannah Ural and her family live in Petal, Mississippi.

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