Lincoln’s Bold Lion author Jim Huffstodt on Civil War Radio

Jim Huffstodt, the always working author of LINCOLN’S BOLD LION was interviewed live on Civil War Talk Radio, hosted by Dr. Gerald Prokopowisc of East Carolina University of Greenville, South Carolina.




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Hope you enjoy the show.

Jim’s tireless efforts are no small part of why LINCOLN’S BOLD LION has received so much praise 

A fascinating account of a truly remarkable young man; students of Civil War period history will find this particularly interesting, and the writing draws you into this young man’s life with ease.”

Books Monthly February 2016 2/3/2016

Anyone who is interested in the Civil War will surely want to read Lincoln’s Bold Lion, but locals will also enjoy the riveting tale that connected a decorated Civil War general to Henry Flagler’s elite Southern tourist haven.”

—St Augustine Register 2/6/2016

Author James T. Huffstodt has brought Hardin back from the lengthy ranks of the overlooked and ignored Civil War generals. His fascinating new book, Lincoln’s Bold Lion: The Life and Times of Brigadier General Martin Davis Hardin, breaks new ground into the life of the boyish brigadier and examines his relationship with the 16th president of the United States. Huffstodt, an Illinois native is an award-winning writer who currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida. He brings his ample research and writing skills to the forefront in this well-written, fast-paced biography…Huffstodt has brought General Hardin’s memory back to life for the modern reader in this entertaining and comprehensive biography. It is an interesting narrative, replete with human interest stories and vignettes from Hardin’s life, as well as from his father’s and other family members. This is an excellent addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in Union generals, as well as to those interested in reading about one of Lincoln’s friendships that is not often discussed.

—York Daily Record 2/11/2016

…Huffstodt must be applauded for restoring Hardin to his rightful place as a heroic patriot … A highly recommended read.

—History of War 3/8/2016

“LINCOLN’S BOLD LION sticks to facts, but also tells an astounding story of an Illinois native whose life intersects with those of Abraham Lincoln, Gens. Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, John Wilkes Booth, and local legends such as Gen. Philip Sheridan. . . . Bringing to light the life of Hardin restores the man’s rightful position as an American hero .

—Chicago Daily Herald 3/13/2016

…an excellent job portraying General Hardin’s life in the context of a changing America. Readers get to know him intimately and and also how his world was changing…valuable contribution, this book makes as a definitive biography of a forgotten hero. It is highly recommended.

—Civil War News 3/30/2016

“…recounts the story of both an amazing American and a pivotal period of history…The author’s diligent, deep research and his knack for storytelling vividly describes Hardin’s lifetime in its historical context….Despite all his experiences and accomplishments, when Hardin died at age 86 in St. Augustine, Fla., he was apparently largely forgotten. Still it seems remarkable that this riveting new book ranks as the first biography of this relatively unsung
hero and exceptional American.”

—Toy Soldier Model Figure Magazine 3/31/2016

… brings to light the untold story of a future Civil War general who grew up in Saratoga Springs, went to West Point and became a close friend ofPresident Abraham Lincoln. General Martin Hardin served at Gettysburg– a colonel at the time– and later helped lead the search for Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Author James T. Huffstodt provides fascinating insights about this overlooked Union hero in his book, Lincoln’s Bold Lion.”

—Saratogian  4/12/2016

“…chronicles the previously untold life of a soldier who explored the far west, lost an arm to a gunshot wound and knew Robert E Lee and George Armstrong Custer, among the giants of his time. “

—Tallahassee (Fl.) Democrat  4/12/2016

High marks should be awarded Huffstodt for producing a highly readable and engaging work. …The photographs and illustrations are exceptional in their clarity and appeal,.. this is a useful book and a worthwhile read… It should be very appealing to a popular Civil War audience and those interested in Illinois’ role in that conflict. It is another useful tile in the grand mosaic of Civil War history that is ever unfolding.

—Civil War Monitor 4/27/2016

contains magnificent tales of the Civil War and post Civil War Years. This wonderful biography brings its readers the turmoil of the American Civil War, the terrible deaths and destruction caused by the war, and the attempts to rebuild our country, and the heartache suffered by families divided by the war.

—Civil War Courier 5/11/2016

There were many generals on both sides of the Civil War that have been ignored or forgotten since the closing of that tragic conflict. Most of them were not the front echelon of military leaders, corps commanders, or generals of the armies and many were simply in less conspicuous commands guarding the railroads, important industrial cities, or relatively inactive departments. Martin Davis Hardin was on the front lines, fought in seventeen battles, lost his left arm and took over the northern defenses of Washington, D.C., at the time of Early’s Raid, but until now, he has not rated a biography of note. James T. Huffstodt has filled this void with a nicely written volume highlighting Hardin’s military career and the usefulness of having friends in high places…a well constructed book, with excellent photographs and some useful maps at appropriate spots in the narrative… He covers the ground well, however, and proves his point that although Hardin is normally lost to history, he deserves to be better known

—Journal of America’s Past 7/11/2016

“This highly readable well-researched volume rescues General Hardin from oblivion while relating the sad exploits of a talented but sometimes dysfunctional family.”
—Civil War Times 12/1/2016



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