Frederick C. A. “Charles” Jacobsen was born in December of 1843 in Denmark.
Charles left Denmark and emigrated to the United States in 1862 eventually moving to western Michigan.
He stood 5’5” with blue eyes, sandy hair and a light complexion and was a 20-year-old clerk possibly living in Manistee, Manistee County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company I on February 6, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Manistee, and was mustered the same day. He joined the Regiment on February 17 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, and by May was absent sick in the hospital.
Charles was still absent sick when he was transferred to Company I, 5th Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the 3rd and 5th Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and in fact he remained absent sick until he was discharged on either May 6 or June 6, 1865, for disability, at Satterlee hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
It is unknown whether Charles returned to Michigan.
He married Danish-born Mary (1844-1931) in about 1870 and they had at least 6 children.
It is possible that he was the same Charles Jacobson working as a land agent and living with his wife Mary and three sons in Hampton, Franklin County, Iowa in 1880. By 1900 Charles and his wife were living in Denver, Adams County, Nebraska and 1910 they were living on North Bellevire Avenue in Hastings 2nd Ward, Adams County, Nebraska.
Charles was probably living in Hastings when he died in 1911 and was buried in Parkview Cemetery, section J row 2.
In 1920 his widow was living in Hastings, Nebraska when she applied for and received a pension (no. 930902) for her husband’s service in both the 3rd and 5th Michigan.