- Jun 14, 2021
Did the practice of offering cash bonuses to guys for enlisting extend to the far-western states like California and Oregon? I know the outbreak of war enticed some new volunteers in those areas (although most remained stationed in their home states, with the exception of guys like the California Column sent to fight Confederates in Arizona and New Mexico) ... It would be interesting to know whether they received any cash incentives for volunteering like their counterparts on the east coast did. If so, I'd also be curious to know whether there were any reports of bounty jumpers on the west coast.