Hi Hugh,I don't have access to the actual census, unless I go to the NARA Branch.But, I was at the library today, for our monthly genealogical society meeting, and did look at the index to the 1890 Veterans and Widows Special Census for Texas.I thought this info might help someone, if they could look at the census for you.
Adams, William C., Bethelion, Houston Co, TX - SD 2, ED 66
Cherokee Co. is right next door to Houston Co. One of my Texas CW ancestors went to a neighboring county when heenlisted.Maybe it was the nearest enlistment center.
I guess you know that census had been intended to count "only" Union soldiers, so I'm hoping your guy wasn't a DamnYankee (all one word).But, I know some Confederates were counted, too.In Grayson Co, TX they were first counted, then someone went back and drew a single line through the information for any Confederate.You can easily read the writing and it is my understanding anything that could be read was included in the indexes.
I see you posted on the Civil War Forum, too.Good idea.