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. near B.P. Landing, Virginia, February 20, 1863
Camp of the 97th Reg. (97th Regiment, New York)
near B.P. (Belle Plain) Landing, Va. (Virginia) (Belle Plain Landing, Virginia) Feb. 20th 63. Dear Mother (Cady, Daniel (Mrs., Fidelia W. Palmer)) (Palmer, Fidelia W. (Mrs. Daniel Cady)) ,
Northup (Northrup, Charles (Major)) arrived
tonight, bringing letters for Aleck (Alexander, George (Lieutenant)) & me.
It was rather unfortunate that I sent my
money in Alexander (Alexander, George (Lieutenant)) s package to his wife;
but I did not for a moment dream
that any – difficulty would grow out of
it. It was just in this way, that I came
to enclose it with his. He had written
a letter to his wife, inclosing with it, in a
common letter envelope – sealed up,
the money that was intended for her -
$105.50, this was put into an Ex-
press Envelope, together with my $25.
And the same day, we both wrote
separate letters, he to his wife, & I
to Father, explaining the matter;
so that there could be no misunder-
standing in regard to it. These letters
must have been received before the Express
package.- When I told Aleck (Alexander, George (Lieutenant)) , upon
reading your letter, that when Father (Cady, Daniel) asked
Mrs. Alexander (Alexander (Mrs.)) for the money which I had
sent in the package, she said that
“ Mr. A. (Alexander, Mr.) wrote he would send a check to Mr. Cady (Cady, Daniel) ,
& then she would pay it over”, he
was quite surprised & disappointed,
because she had not understood
what he clearly explained. He though (thought)
she could not have received the letter
which he that day wrote, & in which
he told her that I had enclosed $25
in his package, to be delivered to Father
& directing her to pay it to him.
In the letter which contained the money,
he said that he sent her $105.50, but
of course did not mention that I had
enclosed $25, as his letter was already
written & sealed, with the money.
He has written to his wife tonight, saying
that he wishes she would read his letters
more carefully, so as to understand his
Directions plainly. He told her to write
him how much money the package
contained, & to “pay to Mr. Cady (Cady, Daniel) that
$25. immediately”. I asked him what
he had written in regard to the matter, &
he said, in substance, the foregoing.
He has told his wife that he intended
to send his money to the O.C. Bank, & that
she could draw it, in such sums as she
needed, an her own checks.
I will collect the $100. of him here,
& also the $25. for Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) . Let Father
send back the note.
You seem to think that we are on the move,
but we remain here yet, with no indica-
tions whatever, of any movement.
Maj. Northup (Northrup, Charles (Major)) says he did not expect to
find us here, as he had understood
that our corps was under marching
orders. It was also reported that
Gen. Hooker (Hooker, Joseph (General)) was at Suffolk (Suffolk) ; & that
the Right Grand Division (Right Grand Division) had moved.
The impression seemed to prevail gen-