What did Civil War soldiers get paid?

A United States (Union) soldier received $13 a month plus a clothing allowance. A Confederate States of America private made $11 a month.

Supplemental bounties were important for both sides. U.S. soldiers “… enlisting in July-August 1862 received a federal bounty of $100 ($25 paid immediately, the rest upon discharge). Men enlisting in 1864 got $302 (veteran volunteers got $402.). Some states, counties, townships and communities … also offer[ed] bounties….”

“Southern bounties, especially in 1863 and later, were often conditional — payable once the war had been won….”

“Men could not support large families on Army pay, so charitable organizations attempted to supplement Army pay with relief payments to soldiers’ wives.”

Source: “Thirteen Dollars a Month: Recruitment, Enlistment, Conscription, and Desertion in the American Civil War,” Tom Pearson, St. Louis Public Library, St. Clair County Genealogical Society Quarterly, Belleville, Illinois, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2010

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s