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Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War in the Words of Those Who Lived Itby Susannah J. Ural
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Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades links great military and political events through the words of the relatives of famous and everyday citizens who lived through the war.
The American Civil War's story, known in the South as the War Between the States, is told here through the personal family stories of famous generals and statesmen, and everyday privates and civilians. 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 to present the views of soldiers on the frontlines, commanders on the eve of battle, and anxious families at home, ordinary and famous men and women, black and white, 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 from a different, wider perspective.
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, to peal back the passage of time. Her consummate narrative draws together these different personal recollections to create a textured, detailed portrait of a nation at war with itself.
"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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Susannah Ural is associate professor of History at University of Southern Mississippi, where she specializes in the US Civil War Era, US War and Society, the American South, and Irish-American history. 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 author lives in Petal, MS.
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