Susannah J. Ural

Professor and Co-director of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society

Susannah Ural holds a Ph.D. in history from Kansas State University.  She specializes in nineteenth-century America, with an emphasis on the socio-military experiences of U.S. Civil War soldiers and their families. She is Co-Director of the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society and former co-director of the Center for the Study of the Gulf South at Southern Miss. Dr. Ural teaches courses on the U.S. Civil War era and classes relating to the larger nineteenth-century, including “Mark Twain’s America,” as well as instructing history majors on research and writing methods.  She is President of the Mississippi Historical Society, and an active member of the Society of Civil War Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the Society for Military History. She serves as chair of the editorial board of The Journal of Military History and is a member of the editorial boards of the journal War and Society and the magazine Civil War Times.  Her masters and doctoral students write on a wide variety of socio-military topics relating to the Civil War era.

In the fall of 2013, Osprey Press released Dr. Ural’s latest book, Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War in the Words of Those Who Lived It, which Civil War scholar Gary Gallagher has praised in his foreword for its “Compelling voices that reward anyone seeking nuance rather than a simple narrative.  Hades tells the story of America’s defining conflict through the experiences of largely unknown as well as prominent soldiers, politicians, and families at war.  In 2006, Dr. Ural published The Harp and the Eagle: Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865 (NYU Press).   NYU Press also published her edited essay collection, Civil War Citizens: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in America's Bloodiest Conflict, in 2010.  She is the author of "'Remember Your Country and Keep Up Its Credit': Irish-Americans and the Union War Effort, 1861-1865" published in The Journal of Military History in 2005, and other articles and short essays relating to Irish-American military service and the Texas Brigade in popular magazines like America's Civil War and Civil War Times Illustrated.  She writes two regular series for Civil War Times Illustrated titled “War in Their Words,” which highlights essential primary source collections, and "The War on the Net,” which reviews websites focused on the U.S. Civil War Era.

Dr. Ural's latest book is Hood’s Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy’s Most Celebrated Unit, which will be published by LSU Press in November 2017. She is also editing a Texas Brigade family's correspondence for a project titled, This Murderous Storm: A Confederate Family at War, is the creator and director of the Beauvoir Veteran Project (a study of Mississippi’s Confederate Home), and leads the Mississippi Digital Courthouse Project.

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