Letter written by Rush P. Cady, lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his brother, Willie, "Way down in Ole Virginia," April 8, 1863
‘Way down in Ole Virginia (Virginia) ',
In camp, April 8th 1863. Dear Brother Willie (Cady, William G.) ,
I have sit down on
purpose to write to you, & answer your let-
ter. You must not think that I forget my
little brother, because I do not write to
you as often as you do to me.
I wonder what you are doing now?
And perhaps you will wonder what
I am doing, & how I am getting along.
You would think everything very strange
if you were to be with me for a day,
& see all that I see, & hear all that
I hear; the life of the soldier in camp
is so different from that of people at
home. But I am so used to it
now, that it is almost a second
nature to me. I think it would seem
very odd, for awhile, not to hear
the beating of drums during the
day, the Reveille in the morning
And Tattoo at night; and not to
see soldiers drilling; and not to live
in a tent, & eat off a tin plate;
and to sleep in a bed with sheets,
what a luxury that would be!
Yesterday, at the Review, which
I have told Mother (Cady, Daniel (Mrs., Fidelia W. Palmer)) (Cady, Fidelia W. (Mrs. Daniel Cady)) about, in my letter,
I saw a very little Drummer Boy, not
much larger than you, though he was
12 years old. He looked quite com-
ical, with his drum, almost as
large as himself. As I looked at
him, I could but pity the little fellow,
so far away from parents & friends,
braving the hardships of army life.
I cannot write you any more
now, but will some other time.
Be a good boy; learn all you can,
& try to please Mother (Cady, Daniel (Mrs., Fidelia W. Palmer)) (Cady, Fidelia W. (Mrs. Daniel Cady)) & Father (Cady, Daniel) , & not
to cause them trouble & anxiety.