Letter written by Rush P. Cady, lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his mother of Rome, New York, from Camp of the 97th Reg. N.Y.V. near Belle Plains, Virginia, March 3, 1863

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xLetter written by Rush P. Cady, lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, from Camp of the 97th Reg. N.Y.V. near Belle Plains, Virginia, March 3, 1863, to his mother, Mrs. Daniel Cady, of Rome, New York


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It is very positively stated, by some,
that we are going to Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) . The
Division Commissary (Division Commissary) has been informed
that no more cattle are to be sent to this
Division. And I am also told that Gen. Abercrombie (Abercrombie, John Joseph (General)) 's
Division has already
arrived at the Landing, & that he said
to Gen Taylor (Taylor, Nelson (General)) , that he had came to re-
lieve our Division. We hope this is
true, & know no reason why it should
not be our Div. as well as any other. But
we have learned not to place confidence
in such reports, unless they come to us
with official authority. The storm
has come & gone, very suddenly. For
a few minutes it blew furiously, & our
tents rattled & strained, as if about to
start on an aerial voyage. Soon the
rain, slightly intermingled with hail &
snow, followed; but the storm has
entirely ceased, within half an hour
of its commencement, & the sun again
shines out gloriously; the storm having
PAGE IMAGE Passed to the East & S.E. (South East)> The sky, except
in that direction, is beautifully clear,
& everything has a freshened aspect,
which always succeeds a brief shower.

Yesterday afternoon the
battalion was drilled in a very satis-
factory manner, by Maj. Northup (Northrup, Charles (Major)) , who
always “puts us through”, to some advantage.

The 105th (105th Regiment, New York) & 94th N.Y. Regts (94th Regiment, New York) (the
latter from Watertown (Watertown, New York) ) of Col. Root (Root (Colonel)) 's Brigade (Root's Brigade)
(formerly Duryea (Duryea) 's) have been consolida-
ted recently.- This was in accordance
with the wishes of the officers of those
Regt's; & it is thought that future Con-
solidations will be made in like man-
ner: as far as possible according to the
choice of officers, that is – their prefer-
ence of certain Reg'ts.-

Lieut. Sayres (Sayres (Lieutenant)) , Actj R.Q.M. gives an
Oyster Supper tomorrow Evening, which
is expected to be a grand entertain-
ment, for camp. I was favored with
a cordial invitation.- The officers of
our Reg. are getting to e (be) more & more
social & friendly in their intercourse
with each other.- Love to the Elder mem-
bers of the family, & kisses to the children.
And also remember me kindly to the good friends
who sometimes think of & inquire about me.

Your affectionate Son Rush P. Cady (Cady, Rush Palmer (Lieutenant)) .
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