Letter written by Rush P. Cady, lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K,
their respective states, upon themselves, &
upon him. He felt as if they were his chil-
dren, & he would care for them, & remain
with them to the end of the Rebellion, which
he hoped would soon be effectually put
down, through the brave & earnest efforts
of themselves & their companions-in-arms.
He exhorted them to continue to perform
their duty as well as they had done, & to
prove themselves worthy of the name
& honor they had won.”
Such was about the sum & substance
of his speech, which was of course rec'd
with much enthusiasm.
I am glad that the old regiments are
to be filled up, by a special draft. It
would cause much difficulty to consolidate
them together.- We still report about 600
men, present & absent, but there are
a great many in the Hospitals that will
have to be discharged.
Our Co. has but 20 present, & 20 absent,
sick & wounded, some of which will be
Discharged. It will seem good, to have a
large Co. & a full reg. again.- Now that
Lieut. Warren (Warren (Lieutenant)) is discharged, I expect to
be promoted to the 1st Lieutenantcy. There
are several Serjts in the Reg't (97th Regiment, New York) . that will
be promoted, to fill vacancies. By some
it was thought that old Co.s would be con-
solidated, & new Co.s brought in to such Regt's
as require filling up, but the late Order,
or rather recommendation of Gen. Halleck (Halleck, Henry Wager (General)) ,
that all vacancies be immediately filled,
by promotions, seems to indicate that Co.s
will retain their separate organization &
be filled up to the maximum.
I presume Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) will have started
on his return to the regiment, before you receive
this. If not, he had better start immediately, as
no extensions of furloughs are granted.
Unless he brings the Co. Books from Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) , he
had better copy the Descriptive Lists (including
am't of clothing drawn) of all the absentees from
the Co.- I think I will write a letter for the Cit-
izen tomorrow. Love to all, & kisses to each of the chil-
dren. Tell me all the news, when you write.