Charles William Richter, jr. was born in Madison, Morgan county GA in 1838, the oldest of four sons of Charles W. and Anne Eliza Potter Richter. He enlisted on April 24, 1861 in Co. D, Madison Home Guards, of the 3rd Georgia Volunteer Infantry. First wounded at the battle of Malvern Hill on 1 July 1862, he was wounded again, this time severely, at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. He was placed on detail duty in Madison in February 1865.
Following the War, he married Mary Lou Hunter. Charles never recovered from his wounds and died in Madison county GA in 1891. Uniforms of the 'Guards' were described as "Georgia gray, trimmed in black."
All four Richter brothers served the Confederacy. The two youngest brothers were at Georgia Military Institute, Co. A, Caper's Battalion. The other brother was in Co. E of the 5th GVI.
They were all members of UCV camp #617 in Madison, GA and each was awarded the Southern Cross of Honor and their graves marked with CSA headstones.