Charles H. West was born in 1845 in New York, the son of John (1821-1863) and of Susan E. (Robins b. 1821).
John was married to New York native Susan E. Robins (b. 1821) on January 11, 1844, in Carlton, Orelans County, New York. Sometime between 1851 and 1855 John moved his family to Michigan, and by 1860 Charles was attending school with three of his younger siblings and living with his family (including his father who would also join the 3rd Michigan) in Boston, Ionia County.
Charles was a 16-year-old farm laborer living in Easton or Orleans, Ionia County when he enlisted in Company D, along with his father John, on November 14, 1861, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered on December 23 at Detroit. (Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.)
Charles was probably wounded on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, and subsequently hospitalized.
He died either on September 22, 1862, at Washington, DC or (more likely) on September 18, 1862, at David’s Island, New York, from wounds, and was buried in Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Long Island: grave 424.
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