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Bounty jumper

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Bounty jumpers were men who enlisted in the Union or Confederate army during the American Civil War only to collect a bounty and then leave. The Enrollment Act of 1863 instituted conscription but allowed individuals to pay a bounty to someone else to fight in their place. Bounty jumpers commonly enlisted numerous times in the army, collecting many bounties in the process. Methods Being a bounty jumper was more profitable in the North. A month after the Battle of Fort Sumter the United States Congress passed a law allowing for bounties up to 300.TheConfederategovernmentdidlikewise,startingat300. The Confederate government did likewise, starting at 50 and then later in the war increased the bounty to 100.AstheUSdollarwasworthmorethantheConfederatedollareverwas,regardlessofthe100. As the US dollar was worth more than the Confederate dollar ever was, regardless of the 200 disparity, the Northern government had greater luck with bounties, and was more likely to have to deal with bounty jumpers. With state and local governments also adding to bounties, the total could amount to $1000, a considerab
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