David Forrest, also known as “Forest,” was born in 1841.
David was 21 years old and possibly living in Grand Haven, Ottawa County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Unassigned on October 6, 1862, at Grand Haven for 3 years. He reportedly deserted soon afterwards.
There is no further record, and there is no military service record found in the Third Michigan records at the National Archives.
It is possible that he was the same “David Forest” who was 21 years old, stood 5’6” with gray eyes from Grand Rapids, and enlisted on September 24, 1862, for 3 years in Company D, Seventh Michigan cavalry in Grand Rapids. He was mustered on November 13, 1862, and discharged for disability at Detroit on June 11, 1863.
No pension seems to be available.