Charles E Sutlef

BirthFeb. 23, 1840
DeathMay 10, 1922
CemeteryRobb (Smithfield)
PostArapahoe (Arapahoe)
Unit24th Michigan Infantry, Company K

Private Charles E Sutlef

Company K, 24th Michigan Infantry

Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)

Sutlef (also spelled Sutliff and Sutlief) was born in Wagner, New York on February 23, 1840. He was residing in Livonia (Wayne County), Michigan when he enlisted in the regiment on August 5, 1862. Sutlef was mustered in the regiment on August 24, 1862 and served about 34 months. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on June 26, 1865 and was a member of the unit for about 1 month. He was mustered out on August 9, 1865 at Cincinnati. The VRC was established for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from illness/disease. They were assigned to light duty and freed up able-bodied soldiers for front line duty.

The 24th Michigan Infantry was organized and mustered at Detroit on August 15, 1862. During Sutlef’s enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles during the War. Some of them include:

Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862).

Battle of Chancellorsville (VA) (May 2-5, 1863).

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863). On July 1 the regiment reported 73 killed, 203 wounded, 40 captured and 42 missing.

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864). On May 5 the regiment reported 8 killed, 17 wounded, 29 captured and 14 missing. Private Sutlef was one of the wounded. The wound probably led to his transfer the VRC.

Sutlef died on May 10, 1922 at the age of 82 years. He is buried in the Robb Cemetery in Smithfield (Gosper County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Arapahoe Post (#348) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Arapahoe. In addition, he was a member of the Holbrook Post (#347) of the GAR in Holbrook, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.