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 On picket near Fletcher's Chapel, Virginia, January 24, 1863
8 of service of the “2 years” & the 300,000
“9 months men”.- I saw Maj. Burt (Burt (Major)) ,
our paymaster, yesterday (Sat.) he was ready to pay
off our Reg. as soon as we were ready for
him.- But our stragglers had not yet all
come in, & about 40 men had just gone
out on Picket, to return next morning.
On account of the long delays that have been expe-
rienced, & the fact that he had several other
Regts to pay, he would pay us on Sunday, if we wished.
On that account, I am rather anxious to return
to camp as soon as possible.- I was rather sor-
ry that it came my turn to go on picket, as we
had not yet got our tent up, the wagons having
arrived late the evening before. And I wanted
to get mustered as 1st Lieut. (Cady, Rush Palmer (Lieutenant)) yesterday, before being
paid, but it will make little difference in my
pay, & that can be put on the Pay Roll, so that I
will get it next time.- Alek (Alexander, George (Lieutenant)) . & some others in the
Reg. was to be mustered this morning at 9 o'c. but
whether he will get his Lieut's pay now, I can-
not tell.- Night before last, after our long march,
the wagons not having come up, Alek (Alexander, George (Lieutenant)) & I
9 went to a neighboring house & staid, sleeping upon
the floor – in front of a fire place, & getting a sort
of a supper & breakfast.- It is nearly 10 o'clock
Sunday morning & we expect to be relieved in about
an hour.- Steadman (Steadman) was up here last night, & said
that a large mail had come, containing 5 letters
for me, which one of the boys had started to bring
to me, but I have not yet rec'd them. Will reserve
the rest of this page, until I get to camp.-
Immediately after returning to camp, I went with
other officers. Alek (Alexander, George (Lieutenant)) included, & got mustered
in. The Reg. is now being paid. But those
who have been promoted since the Rolls ( up to
Oct. 31.) were made out, will not get their
increase of pay till next time.
Was very glad to get yours & Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) ' letters,
& also Father's, containing stamps.
Will write to Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) in a few days.
Tell him that the 10 Dolls Ext. for taking
charge of clothing, ordnance &c, was to come
to me; instead of him, for the month I was
in command of the Co. from the 22d Sept.
to the 22d Oct. Ask him if he wished
to collect pay for the tobacco he distribu-
ted to our Co. at Rappahannock Station (Rappahannock Station, Virginia) ; some
of them seem to understand that he gave it to them.
But Alek (Alexander, George (Lieutenant)) . Tells me that they were to pay for it,
so I will collect it all.- Give my love
to all the folks.- The mail closes, & I must
send my letter.