His Civil War service record is as follows: He enlisted with Co.E of the 10th New Jersey Infantry Regiment on 25 Nov. 1861 to serve a three year term of service (after running away from his home in Pennsylvania to enlist according to his wife). He was honorably discharged 25 Nov. 1864 after the expiration of his term of enlistment at Aikins Landing on the James River in Virginia. June 30,1863 - Absent ordered to report to Capt. Charles Davis, Chief Signal Officer at Fortress Monroe. Aug. 31 to Dec. 31,1863 - Absent on detached service at Fortress Monroe by order of Gen Dix.Worked in U. S. military telegraph. Feb. 29,1864 - Absent on detached duty at Fortress Monroe by order of Gen. Dix. Transferred to G company. Apr. 30 ,1864 - Transferred to Co. D. June 30, 1864 - Detailed to Signal Corps. Sept. and Oct. 1864 - Absent sick in hospital with intermittent fever and conjunctivitis.The records of the 10th N.J. Infantry, also known as "The Olden Legion", show that they were organized in Beverly, N.J. Oct. 9 ,1861 and were sent to Washington,D.C. Dec.26,1861 for provost duty in Bladensburg until April 12,1863. They moved to Suffolk,Va. Apr. 12-16,1863 and took part in the siege of Suffolk from April 16 - May 4,1863. They took part in the engagement at the Edonton Rd. and attack on Suffolk on Apr. 24,1863. The unit was transferred to Philadelphia,Pa. June 26-29,1863. While Charles was on detached duty they engaged in Gen. Grant's Rapidan campaign against Gen. Lee, helped repulse Gen. Early's attack on Washington,D.C., fought with Gen. Sheridan in his Valley campaign, and took part in the seige of Petersburg. He was described as light complected with black hair and black eyes,5 ft. 6 and 1/4 in., a carpenter. He was killed in a lumberjack accident in Chowen,N.C.