I'm new to the forum and wondered why I see so many aliases in confederate records? I'm researching my family history and many of my surname have some alias or another. I google'd it a bit and mostly all I saw was that women used aliases. Why would men?
In the CWSS and in other records, you will often find multiple listings for the same person. This can be due to many reasons. Lets take, for example, your ancestor John Hamilton Hale.
He could be listed many ways. For example, John Hale, John Hamilton Hale, John H. Hale, J.H. Hale, J. Hamilton Hale, Hamilton Hale, Ham Hale, etc. In addition, some soldiers chose to use different surnames, for example, their mother's maiden name or that of adoptive parents. They did it for various reasons, including in some cases to escape law enforcement.
Duplication and confusion on the CWSS can occur if a soldier served in more than one regiment in the war. It wasn't that unusual for CSA soldiers to serve in two or more different regiments, especially if regiments were consolidated due to attrition. Thus if John Hamilton Hale served in, lets say, three different regiments during the war, you can multiply the list I gave above by three. In many cases, it can be very confusing trying to decide if you're dealing with multiple individuals or if its the same one.