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Bounty jumping sometimes ran deep

Bounty jumping in the war was a problem especially for the North. I've often wondered how a soldier could collect his bounty and then desert and do this several times or more. Was there a kick back so to speak to the recruiting officers. The newspaper article may eludes to this practice.

On February 8, 1865 at Washington, D.C., The Daily National Republican newspaper reported the following: “HIGH TREASON – ASTOUNDING FORGERIES BY RECRUITING OFFICERS” “A large number of important arrests have been made in different parts of the State of New York for forging returns of recruits, upon which large sums of money have been paid by the Government. Several recruiting officers in the regular service have been arrested. It is proved that they were in collusion, and allowed the same men to enlist. The extent to which this business has been carried on is enormous."