Alexander Walter was also a Civil War veteran who lived in the National Military Home in Leavenworth, KS.
He was born May 18,1828, in Hanover, Germany. He had to fill out this registration form in 1918—at the age of 90.
After war was declared by Congress in April 1917, non-naturalized “enemy aliens” were required to register with the Department of Justice as a national security measure. A Presidential Proclamation of November 16, 1917, meant that “all natives, citizens, denizens or subjects of the German Empire” age 14 and older who were “within the United States” needed to register as “alien enemies.”
The National Archives at Kansas City has a collection of the Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits for the state of Kansas. These documents are full of valuable information for researchers.
To learn more, go to today’s post on the Pieces of History blog.