Letter written by Rush P. Cady, lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his mother of Rome, New York, January 3, 1863
Sat. aft. 3 o'c. Jan. 3. '63. Dear Mother,
I have just been reading over the
last three letters from you, & a treat I have had.
All of your letters, so full of kindness & tender
loving counsels, so richly freighted with inter-
esting home news, & teeming with observations
which bring to mind all the glad memories
& pleasant associations of home & dear friends,
are indeed treasures to me, more highly
prized than I can express.
Today I have received a letter from Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) ,
by Lieut. Rowan (Rowan (Lieutenant)) . He was getting along well. They
did all in their power, at Mrs. Bannerman (Bannerman (Mrs.)) 's,
to make him comfortable. His servant Rufus,
took care of him mostly.- he had not yet
applied for a furlough, but intended to do
so as soon as he could safely start for home.
Lieut. Rockwell (Rockwell (Lieutenant)) had called on him; he had
been trying to get a furlough, but had
not succeeded. You ask, whether he is
much of an officer & a man. He is quite
Unpopular with the men of his own
company, as well as with the Officers,
especially the Col. He is rather disagree-
able in some of his ways. He has been
promoted to a 1st Lieutenancy, but
will get no higher, though the Captain-
cy (Captaincy) is vacant. I have heard the Col.
Say, that he will advise & request
him to resign, on acc't of his being so
obnoxious to his own Co.
I was well acquainted with Adj.
Bacon (Bacon (Adjutant)) ,
having been with him in [Calling]
over a year. Saw him occasionally,
while in the army. He was a fine fellow
& highly esteemed by all his friends.
That article in the Citizen, in relation
to his death, was written, I think, by
Lieut. Curran (Curran (Lieutenant)) , of the 146th (146th Regiment) a classmate
of mine, & a fellow member of the Alpha Delta Phi Soer (Alpha Delta Phi).
With Bacon (Bacon (Adjutant)) .
Please give my regards to Augusta (Augusta)
& Louise (Louise) , Collins (Collins) , Smith (Smith) , &c & give my
love to Aunt Calista (Calista (Aunt)) , Cous. Ann (Ann (Cousin)) & re-
member me to Uncle Nathan (Nathan (Uncle)) .