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 Posted: Thu Dec 14th, 2006 03:36 pm
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The official punishment for deserting during a battle was death. (If caught) Much depended on the commander and even the most lenient would occasionally shoot or hang a deserter to make an example.

Deserting was common -- a self-granted furlough, if you will -- and many returned. Commanders came around to living with that fact and often welcomed the deserter back. But some were still shot.

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