On September 1, 1863, George Reed, enlisted at Brooklyn, New York, for a three year term. As was common practice during the Civil War, he enlisted as a "substitute" for a man who had been drafted.
The "bounty" for a substitute was $100.00. These bounties were paid over a period of time rather than one lump sum. This was done because some individuals would enlist, collect their bounty, desert their unit, then re-enlist in another area to collect another bounty. Payroll records indicate he received one installment of $25.00 on November 1, 1863. A private in the army received $16.00 per month.