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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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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).
Smith uses as his case studies Northern fears of "shoddy goods" and a "shoddy aristocracy"; the Treasury Department's sex scandal; contemporary attitudes toward two power-hungry Union generals, Benjamin Butler and John Fremont; the harsh treatment of bounty jumpers; and the cotton trade at the end of the war.
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.