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An eight month U.S. Army effort to search for late Civil War deserters yields more than a thousand arrests.

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Beginning in February 1866, the U.S. Army had launched a strong effort to find and arrest soldiers who had deserted in the final months of the Civil War.  War Office figures showed that from then until this date, 1029 men had been apprehended while a further 314 had taken advantage of President Johnson's offer of leniency and turned themselves in before the offer's deadline of August 15, 1866.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Army of the United States," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 36.