Charles F. Corey, also known as “Coray”, was born 1840 or 1845 in Ontario County, New York, probably the son of Levi (b.1806) and Almira (b. 1817).
By 1850 Charles was attending school with his older siblings, including a sister Hannah, in Seneca, Ontario, New York. (Hannah would become the wife of another 3rd Michigan soldier, Henry Cutler, who would also join Company D.)
At some point the family moved to Michigan, probably settling in Clinton County before the war broke out.
Charles stood 5’8” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion, and was a 21-year-old farmer probably living in Clinton County when he enlisted in Company D on May 13, 1861. He was a provost guard at First Division headquarters in September of 1863 through November, and he reenlisted on December 23, 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, crediting Hamburg, Livingston County. He was on furlough in January of 1864 and absent sick in February. At some point he received a regimental court martial, and although the details are unknown, it may be that Charles failed to return from furlough after it expired due to his sickness.
He eventually returned to duty and was transferred to Company A, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the 3rd and 5th Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and was reported on detached service from September through October. In December of 1864 and January of 1865, he was reported working in the medical department, and from February through April he was driving an ambulance. In May and June he was absent sick and mustered out of service on July 22, 1865 at Detroit.
Charles returned to Michigan after the war.
He married New York native Augusta (b. 1846), and they had at least four children: Mary or Ada May (b. 1868), Audrey (b. 1872) Myrtie (b. 1874) and Albert (b. 1879).
In 1870 Charles was living with his wife and daughter on a farm in Riley, Clinton County. By 1880 Charles was living with his wife and children in Cambria, Blue Earth County, Minnesota. He was still living in Cambria in 1890.
On April 5, 1910, Charles was admitted as a widower to the National Military Home in Milwaukee, and discharged at his own request on August 1, 1910 (He listed his nearest relative as Niece living in Eagle, Clinton County, Michigan.). He listed Chicago as his residence subsequent to discharge from the NMH.
In 1885 Charles applied for and received a pension (no. 408328).
Charles was probably a widower when he died on February 1, 1924, in Linnton, Oregon, and was presumably buried there.