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The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 18

Leander Stillwell

Leander Stillwell was an 18-year-old Illinois farm boy, living with his family in a log cabin, when the U.S. Civil War broke out. Stillwell felt a duty "to help save the Nation;" but, as with many other young men, his Patriotism was tinged with bravura: "the idea of staying at home and turning over senseless clods on the farm with the cannon thundering so close at hand . . . was simply intolerable." Stillwell volunteered for the 61st Illinois Infantry in January 1861. His youthful enthusiasm for the soldier's life was soon tempered at Shiloh, where he first "saw a gun fired in anger," and "saw a man die a violent death."

Leander Stillwell was an 18-year-old Illinois farm boy, living with his family in a log cabin, when the U.S. Civil War broke out. Stillwell felt a duty "to help save the Nation;" but, as with many other young men, his Patriotism was tinged with bravura: "the idea of staying at home and turning over senseless clods on the farm with the cannon thundering so close at hand . . . was simply intolerable." Stillwell volunteered for the 61st Illinois Infantry in January 1861. His youthful enthusiasm for the soldier's life was soon tempered at Shiloh, where he first "saw a gun fired in anger," and "saw a man die a violent death."
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Fiction

Description:

Leander Stillwell was an 18-year-old Illinois farm boy, living with his family in a log cabin, when the U.S. Civil War broke out. Stillwell felt a duty "to help save the Nation;" but, as with many other young men, his Patriotism was tinged with bravura: "the idea of staying at home and turning over senseless clods on the farm with the cannon thundering so close at hand . . . was simply intolerable." Stillwell volunteered for the 61st Illinois Infantry in January 1861. His youthful enthusiasm for the soldier's life was soon tempered at Shiloh, where he first "saw a gun fired in anger," and "saw a man die a violent death."

Language:

English

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LibriVox Community

Length:

11h 2m


Chapters

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05:10

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

31:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

57:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

37:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

40:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

47:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

40:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

41:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

25:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

20:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:09