Letter written by Rush P. Cady, lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his father of Rome, New York
D. C. (District of Columbia)
(Washington, District of Columbia)
SEP 16? [year unclear]
Today about 1 o'c. I went again to see him, accompanied
by Mr. I. Y. Comstock (Comstock, I.Y. (Mr.)) , formerly our Quartermaster, but now
Sutler. We thought he might have been taken in an am-
bulance to the depot, to go to Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) , before we reached
there, but he was not gone,- expected to go tomorrow. He was
still feeling pretty well; said his wounds were somewhat
painful – looked “raw”, but were doing nicely; thought
it would be some time before he would get around all
right again. He had his valise & blankets with him. Gave
me some necessary directions about Co. affairs, read some
letters, & we had a good visit together. He thought likely that
our Brigade, having become so reduced in no. would not have
any more fighting to do, for some time. Mr. Comstock (Comstock, I.Y. (Mr.)) remained
with him, to take care of him & see him safely to Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) .
He is very kind. Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) has his servant Rufus (Rufus (servant)) still with
him, & intends to take him home. I think he will be a
good boy to take care of the ponies & do chores, & may be-
come very useful to you. He is intelligent & active.
This morning there were great fears that the Hospital, of which
I have spoken, would be shelled by the rebels, as it is on the flat
just this side of the river, within rifle range; & a good many
of the patients were sent off, in anticipation of the danger, but
they have now given assurances that it will not be disturbed.
Our batteries are planted all along ton the heights – above the
flats, this side the river. But there has been no firing across, except
occasionally between the pickets, since Sunday I believe.
I want to see Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) again in the morning, to take
letters to him, & bid him goodbye, & send this by him
to Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) , for that purpose having written it tonight,
while the camp is still. I intended to have written
another letter for the Citizen today, but with visiting Gus- tavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) , making out Descriptive Lists & attending to other du-
ties, I have been unable to do so. Will try to write tomor-
row, so it may be in time for next weeks issue.
The articles you have sent to Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) , which you enu-
merate, will be exceedingly welcome. Mr. Comstock (Comstock, I.Y. (Mr.)) , who is
to return to the Reg. as soon as possible, will bring the package.
I have not been able to write to Eliza (Cady, Eliza) for some time, -more
than a week, & as it is such a long story, you might if you
choose, send this & my other letter to her; though I shall write
in two or three days, giving main points.- Will write to Ella (Cady, Ella)
& the rest, very soon.- Love to Mother (Cady, Daniel (Mrs., Fidelia W. Palmer)) (Palmer, Fidelia W. (Mrs. Daniel Cady)) , Grandmother & the
children; how I would like to be with you all now. But
I must bide my time. I like very much to have you write to
me, & hope you will when convenient. Let all write of-
ten; as I shall be more lonely than ever, now that Gus- tavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) is to be absent, & if possible, more than ever anxious to
hear from home.
Rush P. Cady (Cady, Rush Palmer (Lieutenant))