Charles was living in Casnovia, Ottawa County, when he married Adelia M. Willet (1841-1865) of Chester, Ottawa County, on November 4, 1857, and they had at least one child: Charles C. (b. 1861).
Charles was 23 years old and living in Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861. (Company I was made up largely of men from Ottawa County, particularly from the eastern side of the County.) He was reported as a Corporal on August 29, 1862, when he was first listed as missing in action, but in fact he was killed in action on August 29 at Second Bull Run.
He was presumably among the unknown soldiers whose remains were reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery, although there is a memorial for him in Pilgrim Home cemetery, in Holland, which notes that he was buried somewhere “in the South.”
Soon after he died one James Pearsall was reported as a guardian for a minor child’s pension application which was submitted in 1866 and approved (no. 89338).