In the early years of the war (1861–1863), all soldiers were volunteers. They were paid a salary to serve, but they were there because they had chosen to join.

By the later years (1864–1865), drafts and bounties had to be introduced. Bounties in the Union states went as high as a thousand dollars. Draftees also had an option to pay a commutation fee to avoid serving. All of this meant that the type of solider serving changed considerably in the later years.

In the beginning, privates and officers from the same hometowns served together. They knew each other, and leadership…

Tim Darling

I’ve spent the last 15 years building new products and companies using a combination of data/analytics/AI and strategy.

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