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Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War in the Words of Those Who Lived It (General Military) Hardcover – October 22, 2013

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This well-researched venture reveals the human side of the Civil War through correspondence and documents from the period. Ural, associate professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi, takes us chronologically through the war in its participants&' own words; soldiers and civilians alike. Emancipation is dealt with early on with the fair assessment that nearly no one at the time would admit that this issue was the true cause. Elsewhere, amid the claims and counterclaims of heroism at the Battle of Shiloh, there are musings of soldiers about everything from shooting other men to dreams of pie and the difficulties of parents on the home front having to blame a poor Christmas on the fact that Santaclause had gone to war. Ural does an admirable job of mixing items, such as Lincoln&'s struggle with balancing politics, his feelings on slavery to the strong human-interest story of the era: the search for the family of the nameless soldier who turned out to be Amos Humiston. Ural&'s fine combination of military history and personal saga uses original documents to excellent effect. Photos. (Oct.)

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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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Product Details

  • Series: General Military
  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849085900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849085908
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Lincolns and the Grants to the Loughridges and Erskines, families suffered during the civil war through the loss of family members, property, and jobs. Ural tells the story of the Civil War chronologically, but intersperses the descriptions of political maneuverings and battles with the letters and stories of real people. Soldiers wrote letters home and wives and families responded sometimes bravely, sometimes with complaints and a plea to come home.

The book is filled with human interest. The Loughridge girls sending kisses to their father and begging him to come home on a furlough. The search for a nameless soldier who died clutching the picture of his three children. He turned out to be Amos Humiston. But perhaps the most devastating chapters are at the end where Ural describes the murderous attack on Seward and the death of Lincoln.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in the Civil War. I've read several books about the War Between the States, but this is the first book to let me clearly see the families and the struggles on the home front. Some of the stories of the slaves who ran away to join the Union Army are also troubling. The family of one soldier was turned out of their quarters in the bitter cold of November. All of them died.

I highly recommend this book for the excellent historical research, but also for the human feelings. It is definitely a book worth reading and the illustrations are excellent. I was particularly pleased that in the conclusion, Ural told the stories of what happened to the families after the war. There were some marvelous success stories again showing the resilience of humans.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.
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Susannah J. Ural is the credited author of DON'T HURRY ME DOWN TO HADES but there's more to it than that. She's Dr. Susannah J. York, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi with special interest in the socio-military experiences of Civil War soldiers and their families. Her book is a compilation of the experiences of the lesser known, as well as famous soldiers, political figures, and families as the Civil War defines their lives and feelings through their stories and writings. The list of chapter notes and bibliographical sources at the end of the book is comprehensive and authoritative, indicating a scholarly knowledge of her material. Her expertise is the backbone of a great historical accounting of lesser known events in the Civil War era.

This accounting is different from the numerous books I've read about the Civil War. The material is personal and timely to the period being reviewed and there is a realism that makes each incident almost tactile to the reader. Dr. Ural has great talent for articulating the poignancy found in correspondence between family and soldiers. Wives are desperate for their husbands to return home and resume their former life. Hunger, threat of bankruptcy, lost crops, and loneliness are a few of the conditions that prompt the pleas. The husbands are severely impacted by the pitiful cries for help but are duty bound and unwilling to give up their pledge to fight for their cause. There is great strain on both parties.

Dr. Ural conveys the horrors of the battlefield with realism and clarity. She is also able to relate the many political twists to decisions made that affect the outcome of the battles.
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Dr. Susannah Ural has produced an excellent work that is of great value to the serious scholar and the casual reader alike. It is truly a pleasurable read. She tells the story of the War through the eyes of 'real people' and brings their experiences to life. Readers will find themselves quickly immersed in the individuL lives and stories of the various historical and everyday characters in the book. As one gets to 'know' the people involved, you cannot help but cheer them on and hope against all hope that things will turn out well. Dr. Ural has succeeded in producing a work of solid, well-researched history that reads like a novel. It is a real page-turner. Superb!
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Very well researched. Presents a very human side of the war. Follows the general timeline of the war. Provides touching personal, often sobering, accounts of those who fought, lived, and died during the war. Having prior understanding of military aspects, army organization, key persons, and key battles of the war would be of benefit. Having knowledge of when and where major civil war battles and events took place will help to put the personal accounts into better perspective. This is a book that needed to be written. Thank you Ms. Ural.
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I preferred the diaries of people who had lived during the civil war, but liked the last of this book when I got to the conclusion when it explained what happened to the ones who had lived thru this time in our history. We need to know what happened in history, good and bad instead of having an element of Americans who want to completely wipe out or change parts of our history.
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