"Arnie Bernstein's lively look at the links between Chicago and the Civil War is a vivid reminder of how that titanic struggle over slavery and the meaning of freedom affected—and continues to affect—all Americans, living everywhere."
—Geoffrey C. Ward, co-writer of the PBS series The Civil War, and the companion book,
The Civil War: An Illustrated History
"The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm is a lively, intelligent and comprehensive guide to Civil War and Lincoln sites. Arnie Bernstein's collection is well researched, organized and written. The result is a useful guidebook that will help Chicagoans and their many guests appreciate more deeply the Windy City's links to an important era in our national history."
—Jean H. Baker, author of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography
"Expertly researched, crisply, even poetically written, Arnie Bernstein's literary tour of Civil War Chicago is historically enlightening and lots of fun for those who seek to rediscover the footsteps of our past in the geography of our present."
—R. Craig Sautter, co-author of Inside the Wigwam: Chicago Presidential Conventions 1860–1996
"This book is a fascinating invitation to visit Civil War sites—not at Gettysburg or Mississippi or Virginia but surprisingly in Chicago! . . . Readers—and those who follow Arnie Bernstein's recommendations—will be enriched, understanding a little better where we have been and where we must go."
—The late senator Paul Simon, from the Foreword
"Anyone interested in history would appreciate knowing more about places such as the Libby Prison Civil War Museum, a Lincoln book shop, and underground railroad sites. You'll want to plan a visit after being enticed by the details."
—Joan Griffis, The News-Gazette (Champaign, IL), July 29, 2005
"In his gracious foreword, the late Senator Paul Simon identifies Bernstein as 'a superlative Lincoln scholar.' Bernstein's work demonstrates a storyteller's sensitivity to character and psyche balanced with a historian's facility with facts."
—Jean Kozlowski, Cricket in the Corner, June 22, 2004
"This book is a wonderful guide for anyone looking for the Civil War in Chicago . . . [and] a fascinating look at the buildings and sites where Lincoln appeared."
—Ken Rice, The Civil War Roundtable of the District of Columbia,
Volume 53, Number 4, December 2003
"As a person born and raised in Chicago I really enjoyed this volume of excellent detective work. I heard so many times from people in the area that '. . . this happened here/somewhere,' or '. . . this was here I think at sometime.' Just vague rumors of where historic scenes occurred. Now I have the exact locations of such famous shrines as the original site of Camp Douglas. The location of the Crosby Opera House. Where the Lincolns lived. The place where Mary spent much of her time as an inmate, and so on. Very interesting tidbits of local history and trivia abound in this masterfully executed book. I would not wish to be a Chicago-area history/Civil War enthusiast without it. It will stay in my car, and I see more than a few weekend local trips approaching in the near future."
—R. Crosby, Amazon.com, "A Long Awaited Work," 5 of 5 Stars, August 10, 2005
"This is a small guidebook to Chicago, written by someone who has a wealth of local knowledge about its links to the Civil War. The main body of the book is split into two areas, the first deals with Chicago and the Lincoln family, the second with the Civil War."
—Rees Taylor, The American Civil War Roundtable (UK)
"Mr. Bernstein . . . gives the reader a look inside Chicago life and the individuals and families that influenced the media and public sentiment of the war . . . [He] reveals a fair and honest look inside the lives of central Chicagoans prior to and during the war years; some supportive of the war and some not, without . . . refighting the war itself."
—Mark A. Simpson, McGowan Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans,
November 2003 issue of the camp newsletter
"The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm: Chicago's Civil War Connections by Arnie Bernstein is an exciting compilation of history and trivia concerning Chicago's role in the American Civil War. Historical maps, and region-by-region analysis of different facets of Chicago and its connection to both President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War itself make The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm a fascinating trip through time and a unique contribution to the growing library of Civil War Studies reference materials."
—Midwest Book Review, "The Civil War Shelf," November 2003
"Arnie Bernstein's new book is a fascinating look at Chicago's Civil War history . . . A surprisingly informative work . . . and a welcome addition to Civil War literature."
—John Deppen, Susquehanna Civil War Round Table
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