Bounty jumper


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one who, during the latter part of the Civil War, enlisted in the United States service, and deserted as soon as possible after receiving the bounty.
See under Bounty.

See also: Bounty, jumper

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During the War of 1812, executions (usually by firing squads consisting of line troops), were reserved mainly for deserters--especially repeat offenders or bounty jumpers (men who enlisted only to receive the bounty and then deserted so that they could enlist for another bounty elsewhere).
No longer did Americans view it as an army filled by large numbers of transients, social dregs, former slaves, greedy bounty jumpers, paid substitutes and power-hungry officers.
The statistics reflect men who may have deserted more than once, as with Northern bounty jumpers, and are skewed by her questionable estimates of Confederates who deserted and then returned.