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The bounty system bolstered lagging enlistments by paying new recruits to volunteer. The system was plagued by “bounty jumpers,” who signed up, collected their money, and then quickly deserted to sign up with a different regiment, also for cash. One man reportedly repeated the process more than thirty times before he was caught. This wood-engraving (below) shows a crowd of men in front of recruiting office in New York City.

Recruiting in the New York City Hall Park in 1864. Illustration from a sketch by George Law, published in Frank Leslie's - NARA - 535914.tif