Thank you, Susan Ness.
Yes, I hve obtained his army records and have come to the same conclusion,ie, in order to get the pension, he had to use his real name. I am trying to find what happened to make him take the alias of "Charles Crittenden Coleman" between the time he left Kansas City in 1868 (acording to his affidavits to get the pension) and 1870 when he was found in the Yakima County census as a farm laborer. With a mame like Joseph E. C. Defries, why not Joe Smith or something. Could the "C" in Defries name stand for Coleman? Could they have been cousins? My Uncle Charlie told many times of his Dad (Coleman) running away with is cousin and joing the Union Army, but I have found no army records of Coleman. That is my mystery. Thanks again, Ellen Coleman Forrest.
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