The Story of a Common Soldier

The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865 by Leander Stillwell

Leander was born on September 16, 1843 in Illinois and raised on his father’s farm.  When he was not yet 18 years old he enlisted in the Union Army on January 7, 1862 and mustered out with the rest of his regiment on September 8, 1865. 

He started as most men did as a private and by the end of the war he earned the rank of Second Lieutenant.  His autobiography begins when he enlists into the Union Army and tells an interesting story of life as soldier during the Civil War.

His regiment was assigned to guard railroads, and often they would ride the railroad and steamships traveling across the south to Shiloh, Corinth, Murfreesboro to Little Rock, AK. His description of the battle of Shiloh and his last engagement; a running battle with confederate cavalry as his unit tried to defend a supply train to Murfreesboro in December 1864, is an honest account of how one soldier observed it.

He eventually would be elected as a Judge in 1883 serving in the  Seventh Judicial District in Kansas.  To read more of his life after the Civil War you can go to this website: Leander Stillwell

Judge  Leander Stillwell
Born ~
Sept. 16, 1843
Died ~
Sept.10, 1934
{Pictures courtesy of Google search}

15 thoughts on “The Story of a Common Soldier

  1. What an amazing man. Behind each soldier is a man or a woman with a beautiful , inspiring story to tell. May we never forget that these are faces of real people, with real lives. Thanks for sharing this.


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