Sketch of life of Rush Palmer Cady, Lieutenant in the 97th Regiment, New York Volunteers, dated August 30, 1861, sent to Daniel Cady, his father, of Clinton, New York, #cw02600

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Sketch of life of Rush Palmer Cady, Lieutenant in the 97th New York Infantry Regiment, dated August 30, 1861, sent to Daniel Cady, his father, of Clinton, Oneida County, New York, #cw02600


D. Cady Esq. (Cady, Daniel)

New York (New York)

[written in margins: Sketch of life.
Rush P. Cady (Cady, Rush Palmer (Lieutenant)) ]

PAGE IMAGE Lieut Rush Palmer Cady (Cady, Rush Palmer (Lieutenant)) was born
in the town of LenoxMadison County State of
NY (New York) (Lenox, New York) (Madison County, New York) on the first day of December 1841. His father
Daniel Cady (Cady, Daniel) Merchant of said town was the son of
Capt Asa Cady (Cady, Asa (Captain)) of Sullivan (Sullivan, New York) an officer in the
army of 1812, his mother Fidelia W Palmer (Cady, Daniel (Mrs., Fidelia W. Palmer)) (Palmer, Fidelia W. (Mrs. Daniel Cady))
daughter of Capt Asher H Palmer (Palmer, Asher H. (Captain)) also an
officer in the army of 1812, all residents of the
same county, His parentage was purely Ame-
rican and both his parents are now living. He
was twenty one years of age and unmarried,
five feet nine inches in height weight ordinarily
one hundred and fifty pounds, hair dark brown
heavy whiskers and moustache slightly sandy, Eyes
blue large and prominent shaded by darkly arched
eyebrows, high intellectual forehead; [possessed] of
great physical strength uniting energy with
untiring perseverance. His home where his parents
resided was in Rome Oneida County (Rome, New York) (Oneida County, New York) , they having
removed there when he was four years of age.
An earnest worker in the Sabbath School at Seventeen
years of age he was appointed Secretary of the
Oneida County (Oneida County, New York) Sabbath School association (Oneida County Sabbath School Association) which
he held until his death. When he was fifteen
years of age in connection with an associate of about
the same age they successfully established and
circulated a small paper called Young American
for a year, in which was exhibited a good degree
of tact and business ability. At the end of the year
he left home to prepare for a College course and
reluctantly discontinued the publication of the little

When the President (Lincoln, Abraham, President) issued a call for seventy five
thousand volunteers, he was a student of Hamilton

PAGE IMAGECollege (Hamilton College) , had attained a high degree of Scholarship
and rank as a member of the Junior Class. He immed
-iately attained the consent of his parents to volunteer in
defense of his country, enrolled his name with others
to form a Company then being organized at Rome (Rome, New York) but
as most men offered themselves than the government
was willing to accept he relinquished his place in
the Company and returned to his books at College.
A few weeks after in connection with other students
he recruited a company went in with the men to
New York (New York) intending to join a Brigade then in
process of organization, but owing to a severe attack
of illness arising from over exertion, he was compelled
to leave the company which was soon after disbanded,
and the men were taken into other companies, When
regaining his health he did not return to College having
fully determined to become a volunteer soldier as
soon as a suitable occasion should offer, In the mean
time to perfect himself in military drill and discipline
he joined a company in Rome (Rome, New York) commanded by Capt Skillen (Skillen (Lieutenant))
afterwards Lieut Colonel of the fourteenth Regiment of New York volunteers (14th Regiment, New York) ,
and after his departure by
Major Brainard (Brainard (Major)) of the fiftieth Regiment of N York
engineers (50th Regiment, New York Engineers) .

When Colonel Charles Wheelock (Wheelock, Charles (Colonel)) of Boonville Oneida County (Boonville, New York) (Oneida County, New York)
commenced recruiting the ninety seventh Regiment New York volunteers (97th New York Infantry Regiment)
in the month of October 1861 to send
for three years or the war, his Uncle Capt G M Palmer (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain))
having been chosen a leader of Company K (Company K) of this
Regiment he enlisted as a private in his company, expect
ing to serve in that capacity, but as enlistments were
tardy he made great personal exertions to procure men for
the company, and at its final organization was elected by the
men Second Lieutenant, the commission hearing date the 18thPAGE IMAGE Day of February 1862. He remained with the Regiment at
Booneville (Boonville, New York) during the winter not seeking ease for himself
but striving in many ways to improve the men in his
company, drilling, enforcing habits of cleanliness, when
present upon the Sabbath explaining portions of the Bible,
taking papers for them and trying to do his whole duty.

In March 1862 the Regiment left for Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) , for
a few months they were stationed in the defences (defenses)
near Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) . Some considerable time after being
ordered to the front extreme sickness forced him to
return home a few weeks, but went back to his Regiment
when scarcely recovered form illness fulfilling all
the duties assigned him and endured the hardships
incident to his soldier life.

At the battle of South Mountain (South Mountain, Maryland) Battle of South Mountain exposure and fatigue
again compelled him to leave and come to Washington (Washington, District of Columbia) ,
but as soon as possible he rejoined the Regiment in Maryland (Maryland)
never from that time being absent from his
company not even asking a furlough. He was in
several skirmishes and under fire a number of times,
but Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg, Virginia) was the first severely contested
battle in which he was engaged, and ever maintain
ed the opinion that if the body of men with whom
he acted had been timely and properly supported
as they might have been, this disastrous affront would
have been a glorious victory; they had gained a position
and with the needed help would have broken the
lines of the enemy, to explain more fully the part he took
at the time and attach hereto a letter written by him to
the editor of the Roman Citizen

PAGE IMAGEPrevious to this time the first Lieutenant (Cady, Rush Palmer (Lieutenant)) had been
discharged for disability, and his uncle who was captain
of his company had one of his ancles hit by a piece
of shell and another limb pierced by a ball
below the knee, so that the command of the company
devolved upon him after the battle of Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg, Virginia) ,
His commission as first Lieutenant (Cady, Rush Palmer (Lieutenant)) is active Sept 24 1862

At the Second battle of Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg, Virginia) he bravely
led on his company though not in the battle much
exposed to danger, and the months after ever ready
at his post. When the great battle of Gettysburgh (Gettysburg) (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
was fought the ninetyseventh Regiment (97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment) being under
General Reynold's (Reynolds, John Fulton (General)) band a prominent part in the first
days fight. Lieutenant Cady (Cady, Rush Palmer (Lieutenant)) in the words of those
who saw him was as cool and collected as if no
danger were seen, and it was while bravely cheer
ing and encouraging his men to still greater exertion
near the close of the days battle, that he fell mort-
ally wounded a ball having passed through his right
arm and entering his body could not be extracted.

He was taken to a private room in Gettysburgh (Gettysburg) (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) received
the best of care and attention from strangers and brother
soldiers, and in a few days by his parents, but of no
avail; he lingered suffering much untill (until) July 24
at two oclock PM he yielded up his young life
without a struggle, just twenty three days after he
was so fatally wounded.

Though tenderly reared and unaccustomed to hard-
ship he cheerfully endured all without a murmur
or complaint, and was ever confident of the justice
and final glorious triumph of the cause in which he
was engaged. He enlisted form (from) a sense of duty; a sentence
from one of his letters shows the feelings that actuate

PAGE IMAGE him, he says, "If I should be sacrificed in the great
struggle to perpetuate the glorious institutions of our
Government, then I may trust the assurance of Holy
Writ that 'God is good; and 'the He doeth all
things well'"; He died a christian death, mourned
and lamented by those who knew and loved him.
His body after being embalmed was brought to his home
in RomeNY (New York) (Rome, New York) , and no greater respect was ever
shown to any one by the whole community; the stores and
places of business were closed on the occasion of his
funeral, we can but contrast his manly causes and
noble resolves though yet a mere boy, with that of
numbers of young men around who are so closely wed-
ded to their ever and present comfort.

Thus has fallen in battle, a noble young man who
gave fair promise of becoming a pillar, around which
his parents could cling in their days of weakness and
declining years. In view of the enormity and wickedness
of this unnatural and cruel rebellion, Patriotism and
duty, require that they should cherish a feeling of abiding
regret, that the have no other sons to fill the place in
the noble Union Army (Union Army) of this and one fallen. His memory
is a thousand fold more consoling and precious, than
the living presence of sons who would shrink from
doing their whole duty to this county, in its day
of trial and danger.

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