Coleman was older than Levi by three years, and almost the complete opposite in character. Levi was a rake and rambler whereas Cole was sober and straight-forward. However, they both fell in love with the fragile young whore Ruby Robison, and the love was reciprocated by her to both, although Levi excited her imagination while Cole represented husband material.
Cole and Levi both joined up with the Rebels in Shreveport as soon as the war commenced. But while Levi saw the war as a great adventure, Cole was more clear-eyed about it and was not so eager to join the fighting.
Sadly, Levi died on the field at Mansfield, leaving Cole to return, alone, to Ruby, whom he married. He knew she was pregnant with Levi’s baby, and took on the responsibility of raising this baby girl, Pearl. He and Ruby had a long marriage, having four children of their own and celebrating their 56th anniversary shortly before Cole died in 1910.