Charles J. Sweet was born in 1838 in Genesee County, Michigan or in New York.
Charles stood 5’7” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion and was a 23-year-old tailor possibly living in Wyoming, Kent County when he enlisted in Company A on June 10, 1861. He was absent sick in the hospital from August through September of 1862, and was discharged for chronic rheumatism on September 26, 1862, at Fort McHenry, Maryland.
Following his discharge Charles returned to Kent County and was living in Wyoming in 1863 when he married New York native Julia R. Huntley (b. 1845) of Grand Rapids on September 22, 1863, in Wyoming.
Charles eventually moved to Muskegon, Muskegon County and by 1870 he was working as a sawyer in a mill and living with his wife and younger brother Howard in Muskegon’s First Ward. By 1880 he was working as a saw filer and he and his wife were living with his brother-in-law Chancy Newell in Muskegon’s Third Ward. He was probably working as a filer for T. D. Stimson and living at 36 Terrace st in 1887-88 and probably living at 16 E. Diana in 1889-90. He was living in Muskegon’s Fifth Ward in 1894. Charles probably moved to Oregon and may have been lving in Cascade, Clackamas County in 1890, although he had apparently returned to Muskegon’s Fifth Ward by 1900.
In 1890 he applied for and received a pension (no. 708405).
He was a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association, as well as Grand Army of the Republic Kearny post no. 7 in Muskegon.
Charles was married a second time to one Bessie M.
Charles died on October 21, 191, in Portland, Oregon and was presumably buried there.
In 1917 his widow was living in Oregon when she applied for and received a pension (no. 847536).