Charles D. Smith was born in 1838, possibly in Connecticut.
Charles eventually settled in western Michigan sometime before the war broke out.
He was 23 years old and may have been living in Grand Rapids when he enlisted in Company A on May 13, 1861. George Miller of Company A and a tentmate in the winter of 1861-62 wrote on November 21, 1861, that Smith was nicknamed “Sudy” after his first two initials, and described him as the “tent fool,” adding that Smith was “a Connecticut Yankee and kind of flat.”
Charles was killed in action on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia, and presumably buried among the unknown soldiers at Seven Pines National Cemetery.