Biography and History

Symmes Stillwell served as a sergeant in a company of New Jersey volunteers in the Union Army from September 17, 1861, to December 8, 1864.

Source: From the finding aid for C0492

  • Symmes H. Stillwell Civil War and Family Papers. 1862-1864 (bulk), 1848-1920 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0492

    Symmes H. Stillwell (1840-1934) of Cranbury, Middlesex County, New Jersey, served in the Union Army with the 9th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry from September 1861 until October 1864 during the American Civil War. This collection consists mostly of Stillwell's Civil War papers, including a sizeable number of letters as well as diaries and various documents that provide information about Stillwell's experiences as well as those of his regiment. The letters, in particular, provide detailed descriptions and offer insight into various aspects of the war, such as camp life, battles, the aftermath of battles, and widespread sickness amongst the troops. They also reveal Stillwell's political leanings, his opinions about African Americans, specifically black military regiments, and his enthusiasm for the war. The collection also consists of some Stillwell family correspondence and legal documents.