Jacob Kuiyers was born in 1835.
Jacob was 26 years old and probably living in Holland or Zeeland, Ottawa County when he enlisted in Company F on May 13, 1861. He was transferred to Company C (the "German immigrant" company) on June 11, 1861, two days before the Regiment left Grand Rapids for Washington, DC. (He was possibly related to Ralph or Roelof Kuiyers.) Jacob reenlisted on December 21, 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, crediting Grand Rapids, was presumably returned to Michigan on veterans’ furlough in January of 1864, and returned to the Regiment by late January or the first of February.
He was killed in action on May 12, 1864, at Spotsylvania, Virginia, and presumably buried among the unknown soldiers at Spotsylvania.