Walter P. Coleman was a resident of Mansfield on January 8, 1864 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. K of the 29th (Colored) Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry; he was detailed as a sharpshooter on December 12, 1864. He was mustered out in Brownsville, Texas on October 24, 1865.
The descriptive muster roll for the 29th (Colored) Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 28 and his occupation as brick mason. He is described as 5’9” tall with a black complexion and black hair and eyes. His marital status is single.
He was born about 1839 in Clarksville, Texas. Walter P. Coleman was not a resident of Mansfield in the 1860 U.S. census; no further information is known.