One interesting but unheralded aspect of the Federal mish-mash that these guys flocked to in 1864--given that one unit probably pretty much seemed the same as another to the recruits--is the fact that service in one unit qualified them for a life-long pension later on, while service in another unit did not. "Joining the army" that fall could have been with the 89 units, the 107 units, the newly recruiting volunteer units, etc. There probably was a lot of what's the difference, where do I sign going on. As it turned out, that difference had to do with the luck of the draw in regard to which unit was joined as pensions started being doled out afterwards. Live to a ripe old age, and that amounted to a pretty good chunk of change for some of them, and a lot of frustration for others.