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Did they have direct deposit for soldiers during the U.S. Civil War

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did soldiers get ckecks cash or did they have the option of money being sent home ?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
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Expert:  Scott replied 7 years ago.

Hi, and welcome to JA!

That's a great question.

White soldiers made about $13 per week, and black soldiers made about $10 per week (http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0212661/id40.htm).

There was no direct deposit back then. This picture should give you a pretty good idea of what the soliders did to collect their earnings:

http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1863/february/army-pay-day-1500.jpg

This link from the National Park Service explains that some soldiers mailed their earnings home to their families: http://www.nps.gov/archive/gett/soldierlife/cwarmy.htm

In doing this research for you, I spoke with National Park Service Ranger Frank at the Fredricksburg National Military Park in Virginia (http://www.nps.gov/frsp, he can be reached at: 1(NNN) NNN-NNNN. He explained that the payments were in cash, and that they did not happen regularly (even though they were supposed to). A quartermaster would visit each set of troops about every 2-6 months to give them their cash payments. I also spoke with a Ranger from Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, also in Virginia (http://www.nps.gov/apco/). That ranger explained that the Union troops were paid by the Federal Government, while the Confederate troops were paid by the individual states that they were from.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you need any more information.

-Scott

 

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Scott !

Thank you for the great answers an the links ! You answered my question quickly and expertly !!!!

Thank you !

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You're welcome! Thanks for the accept, bonus, and feedback!

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