Pulitzer arrived in Boston in 1864, his passage having been paid by Massachusetts military recruiters. Learning that the recruiters were pocketing the lion's share of his enlistment bounty, Pulitzer sneaked away from the [[Deer Island (Massachusetts)|]] recruiting station and made his way to New York. He was paid $200 to enroll in the [[...|Lincoln Cavalry]] on September 30; he was 17.ref He was a part of [[Philip Sheridan|Sheridan's troopers]], in the First New York Lincoln Cavalry in Company L. where he served for eight months. Although he spoke three languages: [[German language|German]], [[Hungarian language|Hungarian]], and [[French language|French]], he learned little [[English language|English]] until after the war because his regiment was composed mostly of German immigrants.ref== After the war ==
After the war, Pulitzer returned to New York City, where he stayed briefly. He moved to [[New Bedford]] for the [[whaling]] industry, learned it was , and returned to New York with little money. Flat broke, he slept in wagons on cobble stone side streets. He decided to travel by "side-door Pullman" (a [[euphemism]] for a freight [[boxcar]]) to [[St. Louis, Missouri]]. He sold his one possession, a white [[handkerchief]], for 75 cents.