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.