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 Washington, District of Columbia, September 2, 1862

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Letter written by Rush P. Cady, lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteers Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his mother of Rome, New York, from Washington, District of Columbia, September 2, 1862

PAGE IMAGEWashington (Washington, District of Columbia) , Sept. 2d. 1862. Dear Mother,

I was exceedingly glad, to see
Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus) , I assure you, but he looked very
thin, as if a good deal “run down”. And he
is so. He was out some this forenoon, but has
been abed all the afternoon, thus far, having
considerable fever. A physician has just
called to see him, & given him a dose of
physic, to be followed by some powders.

The Dr. says he will be all right in
a few days.- I shall give him his medicine
& take care of him. I will keep you informed
as to his condition. I am in hopes that he is not
going to be much sick. Our Brigade
is said to be at Fairfax C.H. (Fairfax Court House) (Fairfax Court House, Virginia) , reduced to
1200 men.- I am afraid that we have
been terribly defeated in the late battles,
having been forced to retreat to Centreville (Centreville) .
Whether we still hold Centreville (Centreville) , I do not
know.- The feeling seems to be universal
that McDowell (McDowell) is a traitor & out to be

York, as Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus) would like to see her, & if he is sick, she could
take care of him.
But he
is not yet
very sick,
& if Grand-
mother has
returned
home, of
course it
will not
be best
for her
to come
here.
Your Son


PAGE IMAGE Shot. He brought his Corps into such a
position that they were under fire of the
rebel batteries on three sides, & there it
is said he left them. The order being
given to retreat, it was a perfect rank,
every man for himself, Brigades, & Reg’ts
no longer kept distinct, but mingled
together in confusion. The killed & wounded
at this time, could not, of course, be
brought off the field. Lieut. Warren (Warren (Lieutenant))
is still here, but will rejoin the Reg. as
soon as he can.- Lt. Col. Spofford (Spofford (Lieutenant Colonel)) was
wounded, but not severely; Lieut’s Murphy (Murphy (Lieutenant))
& Faville (Faville (Lieutenant)) , of Co.s G. (Company G) & D. (Company D) were killed, the former
by a common ball in the thigh, the latter shot
through the heart. Capt. James (James (Captain)) , Co. E. (Company E) shot
through the arm (albow (elbow)) amputation might be
necessary. A no. in our Co. were woun-
ded, but none that you know except
Douglass (Douglass) , who was wounded slightly, in the
ear.- A good many trains of wounded have
been brought to Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) ; there are some
thousands altogether. I saw Lieut. Wicks (Wicks (Lieutenant))
(a Classmate) who was shot through the calf of
the leg.- Maj. Northup (Northrup, Charles (Major)) was safe.-
I am going to write to Grandmother, as
she may be yet in New=York (New York) (New York) . I suppose
she is with Mrs. Yates (Yates (Mrs.)) . I will write to you again
tomorrow or next day.

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

I have written to Grandmother to come to Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) , if she is in town

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