Letter written by Rush P. Cady, lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his sister, Eliza Warrenton Junction, 2.5 miles west of Cattelt's, July 4, 1862

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Letter written by Rush P. Cady, lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, from Warrenton Junction, Virginia, 2.5 miles west of Catlett, Virginia, on July 4, 1862 to his sister, Eliza Cady

PAGE IMAGE P.S. Before I ar-
rived here, a letter
came for me, from
you unto, & Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain))
sent it home. If
it has been rec'd (received), please
send it to me.
On Picket (Picket) , at Warrenton Junction (Warrenton, Virginia) ,
2 ½ miles
West of Catlett (Catlett, Virginia) 's, July 4, '62. Dear Eliza (Cady, Eliza) ,

I have thought best to write
to you this time, so that I may get a letter
from you in return. I don't have good
opportunity to write very often, nor is it
necessary, as I have nothing of importance
to communicate, except now & then.

I received a letter from Mother
yesterday, which was indeed acceptable,
& interesting. She spoke of having rec'd (received) my letter dated
at Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) , but I have written since
arriving at Catlett (Catlett, Virginia) 's, the letter has doubtless
come to hand, ere this. Mother seems to be
anxious for fear we do not have suitable
food. For the satisfaction of all of you
who share her anxiety on that point,
I may inform you, that there is little dan-
ger of our not having enough to eat, while


PAGE IMAGE we remain on the line of the R.R., as we
probably shall, for some time to come.

We have good bread, all the time, also
good tea, ham, eggs, & occasionally fresh
beef. We like hoe-cake very much, &
use it considerable. Not far from our
camp there is a mill, where we get the
meal. We dispense with butter most
of the time, on account of the difficulty
of getting good butter, & of keeping it in
warm weather. We have plenty of milk,
generally, & bread, or Johnny-cake & milk,
is a favorite dish. Cherries have been ex-
ceedingly abundant, ever since I came,—
the whole camp has been supplied;
they grow wild, both red & black,
& are as good as ours, though not
as large. I have had all the cher-
ries I cared to eat, & they have done
me good. We frequently have cher-
ry pie; a baker in our Co. makes
them for us; I got three – very nice cherry & lemon pies
of him yesterday, two are left. Vendors


PAGE IMAGE are around Company day with sweet
milk, buttermilk, pies (mostly blackberry)
rusk biscuits, &c. About a week ago,
we began to get blackberries, & now
they are plenty; it dont take long to
fill a haversack, or a patient pail.

Day before yesterday, it
rained hard all day. Of course we dont
drill on such days, though picket &
guard duty have to be attended to at all
times. In the Afternoon we were unex-
pectedly ordered to this place, to guard
a train, - loaded with timber, tools,
rails, &c, for repairing the road, & build-
ing bridges, from here to the Rappahannock (Rappahannock River)
& Gordonsville (Gordonsville, Virginia) . In the retreat of the
rebels from Manassas (Manassas, Virginia) , in the spring,
they tore up the road & burned the
bridges. The Road is new, & has been for
some time, in running order
as far as here, & they are now at
work beyond. Our pickets, were
advanced 2 miles beyond here, up


PAGE IMAGE the road; hitherto this has been the most
advanced outpost. There are about
30 regular workmen, called the Construct-
ive (Constructive) Corps (Constructive Corps),who are repairing the road; they
have a good many assistants, con-
trabands, &c. These 30 have a train of
5 cars, by themselves; one is the sleeping
car, another – contains apartments where
they stay, & another still, contains cook-
ing & dining compartments; the other two
cars contain their working imple-
ments. The timber, rails &c are on
another train close by.

Our boys are getting pretty well now,
with few exceptions. Five of them, who have
been sick some time, are to be sent to
the Hospitals at Alexandria (Alexandria, Virginia) or Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) .
One of them: Serjt Owens (Owens, Henry (Sergeant)) , will prob=
go home for awhile, as also Corporal Crandall (Crandall (Corporal)) ,
one of the Verano (Verano) boys. Clemings (Clemings) ,
( Mrs. Bachelor (Bachelor (Mrs.)) 's son) is one of the five. I
don't think he is very sick, as he is
able to be around. The orders are, to
send off all the sick that are
able to be moved, to the diff't


PAGE IMAGE Hospitals, which looks to a movement in
some direction, probably down the
Road, to protect the workmen to
guard the Road. This will be compar-
atively easy & pleasant duty, though
we know not how long it may
continue. I am anxious that we
should be wherever we can render
the most effective service, though
it may be in the battle-field. However
we must take our chances, all is un-
certainty before us.- I hardly think
we shall participate in the taking of
Richmond (Richmond, Virginia) , unless McClellanMcClellan should
need large additional reinforce-
ments. What bloody battles have
been fought recently in front of
Richmond (Richmond, Virginia) , & how many brave fellows
have sacrificed their lives upon the
altar of their country! It is terrible
indeed to witness such wholesale
slaughters, but the cause for which
we fight, must triumph, though
PAGE IMAGE Thousands more should fall. The
march of Progress has always
been through bloody battle-fields,
& is so now.- Good men have
always fought to maintain & defend
great principles. Good govern-
ments cost blood & treasure in
the founding & also the preser-
vation. The individual man is
but a tool for the promotion of
the progress & welfare of the whole
race.-

Before I close, I will say that as
for blankets, we have thus far got
along pretty well. Those we had, at
Cloud Mill (Cloud's Mill, Virginia) , were lost (we had 2
each) with the exception of one, which
Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) has. I have a rubber blanket &
my overcoat,- as much as I can take
care of. I can sleep very comfortably
on a board, as on the ground; am
so fortunate as to have a door, which
I have slept on two nights.- Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain))
is in excellent health & spirits, & Joe (Joe)
too; & as for myself- think I am second
to none in that respect, at present.
I have gained 8 or 9 lbs since I left home, now weighing 146 ½ #. Give my love
to all the folks. Tell Father to write to me, you will of course, & soon I hope

Your Bro. Rush (Cady, Rush Palmer) .
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