“reward for the arrest and delivery to me”

ca. 1863

This clipping offers a $30 reward for each Confederate deserter listed and described. The South was especially hurt by deserters. Confederate Army desertion rates for the entire war were about 12 percent. But during the war’s final two years rates increased sharply. Many Confederate deserters took off for a few weeks to visit family or help with farm work then returned to their units. But others left permanently, and some organized guerrilla bands to resist capture.

National Archives, War Department Collection of Confederate Records