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

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

By Leander Stillwell

  • Release Date: 1934-01-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 147 Ratings


The Story of a Common Soldier is a compelling coming of age tale that will appeal not only to Civil War buffs but to anyone who enjoys autobiographies. Written at the urging of his youngest son, when Stillwell was a mature man--a lawyer, judge, and member of the Kansas legislature, it combines graphic detail (provided by his war diary and letters written at the time to his family) with the insights of a thoughtful man looking back on those horrific times.


  • One of the Best!

    By Beachlover49
    This is one of the best Civil War memoirs I have ever read. I was reading three other books at the time and let them go in favor of this one. It's well-written, informative, interesting and a pleasure to read! Wish I could have known Leander Stillwell or at least be able to tell his family how impressed I was by his story. Don't miss this one if you have an interest in the Civil War!
  • Great read,

    By SEC rules!
    I have read several first hand accounts by common soldiers serving in the union armies. This is one of the best.
  • Captivating

    By BCB88
    Written as thought a friend on the front porch back in the 1860s. Easy to read, and a period piece with comments about life no only during the Civil War, but life back then. Highly recommended and easy reading.
  • Good Book

    By JakeyL
    An interesting read for those interested in the civil war. The book helps you see what the life of a soldier was like through the eyes of the one who lived it. Even though his regiment didn't take part in any of the major battles, it still gave an informative narrative of everyday experiences of a soldier.
  • Great book

    By lukesw53
    A very interesting look at the Civil War through the eyes of a Union Soldier. Gives you a real look into the life of an ordinary soldier. The things you don't read in a history book. Fascinating prospective with things you would never think about in any other historical book. Highly recommend!!!!!!!
  • Spectacular read!

    By Evil Krisp
    A great look into the life of a soldier and a must read for any current soldier or veteran.