Charles H. Sandford was born in 1839 in New York, the son of Margaret.
Charles left New York and came to western Michigan. By 1860 he was probably working as a farm laborer and living with the Chester Dow family in Thornapple, Barry County.
He was a 22-year-old farm laborer probably living in Thornapple, Barry County when he enlisted in Company K on December 17, 1861, at Grand Rapids, and was mustered the same day.
He was killed in action on May 3, 1863, at Chancellorsville, Virginia, and presumably buried among the unknown soldiers near Chancellorsville.
In 1867 (?) his mother applied for a pension (no. 172406), but the certificate was never granted.