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 B.P. Landing, Virginia, March 11, 1863

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Letter written by Rush P. Cady, lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, from Camp of the 97th New York Regiment, near Belle Plains Landing, Virginia, on March 11, 1863, to his mother, Fidelia W. Cady (Mrs. Daniel Cady, Fidelia W. Palmer), of Rome, New York

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PAGE IMAGE                                                            Camp of the 97th Reg. N.Y.V. (97th Regiment, New York)
                                                            near B.P. Landing (Belle Plain Landing), Va. (Virginia) (Belle Plains, Virginia)
                                                                  Wed. aft. Mch 11th 1863.
Dear Mother (Cady, Daniel (Mrs., Fidelia W. Palmer)) (Cady, Fidelia W. (Mrs. Daniel Cady)) (Palmer, Fidelia W. (Mrs. Daniel Cady)) ,

                                                            I received your letter of the
1st inst. Several days ago, & should have imme-
diately replied to it, had I not been more
than commonly occupied. It is quite a while
since I have heard from Eliza (Cady, Eliza) ,- I answered
her last letter the 27th nlt. & today have written
to her again. I have also looked in vain for
some time past, for a letter from Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) ,
in answer to mine of the 27th & 8th nlt., which I hope
he received. I also wrote to you on the 3d inst.
Did the letter come to hand? Speaking of Gus- tavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) ' becoming “so fleshy that he cannot button his
clothes without squeezing”,- that is just my case,
too. The last time I weighed, the scales stood
at 157#. But it would not take many
marches, I apprehend, to reduce my weight
to about the old standard.-                     The weather


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PAGE IMAGE has been quite pleasant for the last few days,
with the exception of some snow & rain. Yesterday
it snowed considerably, though rapidly melting, &
rained nearly all night, but now there are
no signs of it, as the ground so rapidly dries up.

                              I am “officer of the Day” today, & have
been quite busy since morning, seeing that the
whole camp was properly & thoroughly “policed”,
or, in other words to have all the chips, &
rubbish scraped together into heaps & cart-
ed away; also attending to the distribution of
the wood, among the Co's, the wood being
chopped at some distance, & brought
to the Reg. by the teams; & furthermore
having charge of the Camp Guard,
& exercising a general supervision
of the Camp.                     Last night I acted
as Adjutant, on Dress Parade, for the
first time, but only temporarily, as
Adj. Smith (Smith (Adjutant)) was absent, & today again.

          Thursday – 12th. I was interrupted so
many times yesterday, that I couldn't fin-
ish this letter. We had Brigade drill this


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PAGE IMAGE 3 afternoon, Col. Wheelock (Wheelock, Charles (Colonel)) being in command of the
Brigade. The Maj. Is now comdg (comanding) the Reg. as Lt. Col.
Spofford (Spofford (Lieutenant Colonel)) went to Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) yesterday, on a 10 days'
furlough.- We have recently organized a “School
of Instruction” for the officers, meeting nearly
every evening & reciting lessons in Tactics, to the
Maj. & in the forenoon, after Co. Drill, all
the officers & non-com'd officers are drilled
as a Co. by the Maj. This system of instruction
& drill of the officers, was once before at
- tempted, at Fort Corcoran (Fort Corcoran, Virginia) , a year ago, but
was soon discontinued; but now much in-
terest is taken in it, & our improvement is
already marked.-                     There has been
considerable talk of moving – lately, but nothing
has come of it yet. Day before yesterday
it was understood that this Camp was to
make immediate preparations to march at
short notice; & it seemed to be the prevail-
ing opinion that we were to be shipped to
some point further South.- some surmised
Tennessee (Tennessee) - & some Texas (Texas) – as our destina-
tion. But expectation in this respect
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PAGE IMAGE 4 has pretty much subsided, & we
have about concluded, that when
we move it will be in the direction
of the Rappahannock (Rappahonnock River, Virginia) rather than that
of the Potomac.           All deficiencies in the
way of ordnance, ordnance stores clothing
&c. are to be quickly supplied, & probably
another campaign will in a short time
be entered upon, by the Army of the Potomac (Potomac River) .
- Owing to a judicious & plentiful
supply of soft bread, & vegetables, in addition
to their accustomed rations, the health
of the troops is Excellent; & consequent-
ly their discipline & efficiency has been
improving, & at no time have they
been in better fighting trim, than now.

          Tell Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) that Capt's Parsons (Parsons (Captain))
& Jillson (Jillson (Captain)) are at Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) , not yet
having returned to the Reg. on acc't
of their long absence, no other officers
have been allowed to go, & consequent-
ly 6 or 8 have already been defrauded


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of that privilege, so earnestly desired,
& so well deserved.- I am afraid
I cannot get an opportunity now, it
is so late.- Officers on furlough, draw
but half pay, during the period of their
furloughs, & when absent beyond the
stated time, cease to draw pay al-
together.-                     Tell Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) also, that
William Stephens (Stephens, William) , one of our new
recruits, deserted about a week ago,
& went to his old Cavalry Reg. the 2d Regulars (2nd Regulars) ,
from which he deserted
some time after the first battle of
Bull Run (Bull Run, Virginia) ;- having been taken prisoner
& paroled, & deserted from Parole
Camp. We have heard from him since
he left;- were glad to get rid of him
as he was “a hard case” to manage.
It is quite cold & windy now, & has
been trying to snow, but failed.
Will endeavor to write another letter for
the Citizen in a few days. Love to Father
Grandmother, Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) & all the children.
                              Yours affectionately Rush P. Cady (Cady, Rush Palmer (Lieutenant))
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I am glad you bought a copy of the “memo-
rial of Ham. Coll: for me, it will be in-
teresting to read, & valuable for reference.
I have no time now to write to Mr. Ma- riner (Mariner (Mr.)) . The regular duties of the day accom-
plished, & little time is left for anything else.
I may find an opportunity some rainy day
however.- It was the 12th of June
that I left home, arriving at Catlett (Catlett, Virginia)
on the 20th; so that it is just 9 mo's
today, since I bade you all good
bye. When I shall enjoy the inestima-
ble privilege of meeting you all again,
God only knows. The prospect now
seems uncertain indeed. But in the
meantime, I can only hope for the best,
firmly resolved to do my duty as a patriot
soldier, however dangerous & trying it
may be. I must close, as it is time
for the mail to go out, but will
drop a few lines again in two or
three days.


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

Why dont Grandmother (Webster, Philena (Mrs. Asher H. Palmer)) write? & Father (Cady, Daniel)
too – would like to hear from him.
Ella (Cady, Ella) might also write occasional
letters – for the encouragement & interest
of her soldier bro. I should think.

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