So, Chris this is what you got from Dri to Dwy in the 7th Cavalry June of 1876,see below. There were also no Dugards among the scouts or packers, not even 12 year old water boys. If, in fact he was older and a different Dugard, maybe he used another name, not uncommon. The first date listed by the individual is enlistment date.
If I recall correctly, James Donovan write that more than 10 percent of the 7th enlisted under an alias. And lying about age was very common. The US Army during the 1870s appears to me to an army willing to accept just about everyone, so there are many uncertainties about the backgrounds of the people in it.
If I recall correctly, James Donovan write that more than 10 percent of the 7th enlisted under an alias.
Jim Donovan is correct here.
In actuality, 793 enlisted personnel were assigned to the 7th Cavalry on May 17, 1876. Of that number, 89 had used or were using aliases of one sort or another. That is 11.2%.
Keep in mind, however, like everything else associated with the 7th Cavalry from this date until June 27, 1876, even aliases become controversial. They are very hard to figure and only the most obvious can be counted as a true alias. An example of something not an alias would be the name, Meyer. It could be spelled Myer, Meier, and even Mayer. We can hardly count that an alias. Also, we must allow for phonetics. On several occasions a name could be easily mispronounced, especially some of the more esoteric European names, thereby creating confusion and almost completely changing a man's name. There are a couple examples of that sort of thing in the rosters.
Best wishes to all for a very happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year, Fred.