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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...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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really gripping look at the very personal affects this war had on all parties. I could not put it down. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in U.S. History.Published 12 months ago by Tech User
Although I am not one for reading depictions of battles, this book held my interest. I did have a little trouble following the battle descriptions (a personal failing), but the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kathy
It gives you a different look at the Civil War. More the southern side. It tells you more about the men's everyday life. I really liked reading it.Published 23 months ago by Frances Ortwein
It was very hard to put it down. You just had to find out what happened next. Many parts were sad but it is about the Civil War. Thanks for a well written book.Published on July 6, 2014 by deathsoul39
This is a page-turner, confirmed not just by me, but by dad, who read it in just a couple of nights. Dr. Ural has a real gift.Published on April 28, 2014 by Valeri Pappas
My favorite book on the American Civil War. It's a real art to intertwine history with real life. Ural is a true artist!Published on April 28, 2014 by Ann-marie Vannucci
I have read many books about the Civil War and found this one to be less interesting than some. It does give a good description of what war would have been like to some of those... Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by shelleyr
Excellent overview of first-person experiences in Civil War. Dr. Ural is a terrific writer. This should be in every library.Published on March 28, 2014 by Nathanb1