For four years American families on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line were forced to endure the violence and hardship of the Civil War. Don't Hurry Me Down To Hades is the story of these families, expertly crafted from their own words. Revealing the innermost thoughts of both famous citizens and men and women forgotten by history, esteemed Civil War historian Susannah J. Ural explores life on the battlefield and the home front, capturing the astonishing perseverance of the men and women caught up in this most brutal of conflicts.
Susannah Ural is associate professor of History at University of Southern Mississippi. 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 Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (www.gilderlehrman.org) is a non-profit organization supporting the study and love of American history through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts throughout the nation.
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