That's actually very funny.
Union desertions are a rare subject, even though they happened on a mass scale. I know of a man who lived in California from Ohio, who I believe was a conscript deserter from Iowa. He was a Quaker. He left his wife and children and went to Idaho to the mining camps just after the war started and never came back. He married a very young girl (like 20 years younger) from one of the Oregon Trail wagon trains and lived a life of a fugitive. He moved from place to place and never would let anyone photograph him. He ended up in Northern California where in the late 1890s, now an old man, his young wife divorced him and she married into money, leaving him a pauper. He died in Modoc County alone and broke.