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Format: Hardcover
Topic: Civil War Publication Year: 2013
Subject: Military Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Special Attributes: Dust Jacket Language: English
Author: Susannah J. Ural ISBN:

9781849085908

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General Military: Don’t Hurry Me down to Hades : The Civil War in the Words…

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Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades is the story of families enduring the whirlwind of the Civil War, told through the words of famous and ordinary citizens and ranging from the battlefield to the home front, from presidential councils to frontier revivals. The book reveals how Americans on both sides of the Mason and Dixon line withstood four years of brutal, unrelenting conflict. Of the hundreds of thousands of books published on the American Civil War, this is one of the few to approach the nation’s defining conflict from this powerful perspective. Grounded in rare family letters and diaries, Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades captures Americans’ wide-ranging reactions to the war and their astonishing perseverance. Some of the accounts are entirely unknown to readers, while better-known events are told from unusual perspectives. Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, for example, is shared from the viewpoint of Major Henry Rathbone and his fianc e (and stepsister) Clara Harris, while Lewis Powell’s attempt on Secretary of State William Seward’s life is seen through the terrified eyes Fanny Seward, who was seated next to her father when Powell burst into the room. Madison and Lizzie Bowler help readers understand how the war brought a Minnesota couple together in marriage and then nearly drove them apart when Madison insisted that his first duty was to his nation while Lizzie believed it was to her and their newborn daughter. A thousand miles to the south, two Texas families also suffered through their soldiers’ absence and tried to explain to their young children why father had “gone to war” with “Santaclause.” And to the north in Kentucky, a runaway slave won freedom for himself and his family by joining the Union Army only to face prejudice as brutal and destructive as the life he’d left behind. Readers are carried alongside these families, sharing their dreams that the fighting might end this year and suffering with them when the Reaper comes calling. Through these and other stories, Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades invites readers to set aside previous assumptions to learn about the divisions and range of opinions on both sides from ordinary and famous men and women, black and white, slave and free. Esteemed Civil War historian Susannah J. Ural brings fresh insight into the war by delving into historical archives and private family papers to peal back the passage of time. Her consummate narrative weaves together a textured, powerful portrait of a nation at war with itself.

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Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN-10 1849085900
ISBN-13 9781849085908
eBay Product ID (ePID) 109181326

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Language English

Dimensions
Weight 20.8 Oz
Width 6.2in.
Height 1.1in.
Length 9.5in.

Additional Product Features
Format Trade Cloth
Dewey Edition 23
Table of Content List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction Chapter 1: PREPARING FOR A WAR TO THE DEATH Chapter 2: A WAR FOR UNION AND FREEDOM Chapter 3: YET ANOTHER SEASON OF WAR Chapter 4: THE WAR’S DARKEST HOUR Chapter 5: THE FINAL ACT Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
Illustrated Yes
Dewey Decimal 973.7
Target Audience Trade
Series General Military Ser.
Copyright Date 2013
Author Susannah J. Ural
Number of Pages 292 Pages
Lc Classification Number E468
Publication Date 2013-10-22
Reviews 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 ex perience, vibrantly and movingly written. –Professor Anne Sarah Rubin, author of A Shattered Nation 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 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 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 , 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 ex perience, vibrantly and movingly written. –Professor Anne Sarah Rubin, author of A Shattered Nation 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 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, “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, 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 ex perience, vibrantly and movingly written. –Professor Anne Sarah Rubin, author of A Shattered Nation 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 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 , 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 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’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 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 , Susannah J. Ural’s Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades takes readers on an absorbing journey into the emotional world of Civil War Americans.  Guided by the private letters and diaries left behind by men and women, both Union and Confederate, Ural reveals with startling new clarity how the war’s participants struggled every single day to make sense of the devastation around them.  Hope and fear, anguish and optimism, all emerge vividly in Ural’s retelling of their stories, as well as an ever-present uncertainty about what each day would bring.  This is a story of how Civil War Americans endured their war-and how they felt about it.   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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