Yonkers receipt showing
$125 bounty payment, 1862

The minutes of the Town of Eastchester reveal the upward trend of bounties. On September 23, 1863, the town resolved to levy a tax "sufficient to raise the sum of three hundred dollars for such & every person drawn and accepted in the service of the United States." On March 8, 1864, the amount was raised to $350 per man, and on May 25, 1864, to $450. Conscription money raised by bond was tracked in the Eastchester Bounty Bond record. Entries on the first page of the book all went toward procuring substitutes for or commuting the drafts of town citizens. The town minutes of August 25, 1864 indicate that the amount of money required to purchase a substitute could go as high as $800.

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