Chester W. Comstock was born on February 7, 1840 in Salem, Michigan. Prior to the war Chester’s occupation was farming. On June 20, 1861, he enlisted in Company D of the Fourth Michigan Infantry for a term of three years of service. After his initial term of service was up, Chester re-enlisted on Dec. 29, 1863. He was reported as wounded in action on June 1, 1864, and was later discharged for disability on September 20, 1865, at Detroit, Michigan.
This commission, signed by Colonel Dwight Woodbury on September 20, 1861, was for Comstock’s promotion to the rank of 7th Corporal. Later during his service, he would be promoted to the rank of Sergeant.