Charles W. Swartman was born in 1833 in Utica, Oneida County, New York.
Charles left New York and eventually settled in western Michigan by the time war broke out.
He stood 5’10” with blue eyes, black hair and a dark complexion and was a 28-year-old farmer probably living in Ionia County when he enlisted in Company E on May 13, 1861. (He may have been related to Martin and Robert Swart who also enlisted in Company E.) Charles was discharged for chronic rheumatism on May 30, 1862, at a general hospital in Washington, DC.
Charles was married to Emma R. and living in Kansas in 1890 when he applied for and received a pension (no. 819299).
He was probably living in Kansas when he died around 1902. He is reportedly buried in Elmwood cemetery, Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas.
In July of 1902 his widow was living in Kansas when applied for and received a pension (no. 564215).