Longtime Walton resident battled mosquitos and more in the Spanish American War

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 16:24 PM.
 
In 1898, 23-year-old Anton Aultman answered the call to join the U.S. Army as a member of the Texas Volunteer Guard in the Spanish-American War.
 
Details of his military service are foggy, but family lore has it that Anthony Aultman may have served under — and known — Teddy Roosevelt, who led the famed Rough Riders in the war. According to records, Aultman narrowly missed the boat, as the Rough Riders left the Tampa port for Cuba June 13, 1898, three days before Aultman signed up in Cleburn, Texas, June 16.
 
He was, however, on the military payroll before the Rough Riders’ greatest victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill, just east of Santiago de Cuba, July 1, 1898.
Aultman has no records to confirm his father’s involvement in that famed battle, but “a lot of the information about those soldiers was lost in a fire,” he says.


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