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Were aliases common in Spanish-American War?

Were aliases common in Spanish-American War?

Posted: 30 May 2012 11:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
I've found so many aliases in keying volunteers, I'm wondering if it was a common practice?

Many of the names seem deliberately changed, not just errors in spelling. Were they trying to hide their identities or their ages?

Re: Were aliases common in Spanish-American War?

Posted: 29 Sep 2012 1:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
I can't comment on the commonality of aliases, but I can note that my grandfather Herbert C. Thomas enlisted, underage, as Harry Thompson (sic ?). He was apparently only 16 and was eventually discovered. There are two known color pictures of him in his uniform. One was in the possession of John, his son, deceased, and/or John's son Jamie/Jaime, last known to be in Veedersburg, IN, area.
This picture or a copy is very much desired.

Re: Were aliases common in Spanish-American War?

Posted: 4 Oct 2012 1:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
My grandfather used his own Jesse Earl Haggard out of Covington, Kentucky but, a deceased brothers birthday as he was 13. I have pictures plus a journal he wrote. It is unbelievable just written beautifully I don't know how much schooling he had. He loved his country.
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