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. N.Y.V. near Fitzhugh Mansion, Virginia, June 2, 1863
N.Y. (New York)
(Albany, New York)
Cady (Cady, Daniel (Mrs., Fidelia W. Palmer)) (Cady, Fidelia W. (Mrs. Daniel Cady)) (Palmer, Fidelia W. (Mrs. Daniel Cady)) ,
Rome, Oneida Co.
N.Y. (New York) (Rome, Oneida County, New York) (Oneida County, New York)
[written in margins: Box 339.]
first rate. I had not seen him for more than a year, when
we were at Fort Corcoran (Fort Corcoran, Virginia) . BaileyBailey went on to his reg. by 10 oc
A.M. and I rode with him a mile or two further, but ret'd to
the 50th (50th Regiment) took dinner, visited with Cade (Cade) with Jackson (Jackson) & others,
witnessed their Brigade Guard Mounting, & Dress parade, 7 final-
ly staid to supper & concluded to remain all night, as I had
not seen Maj. Brainard (Brainard (Major)) , nor half finished my visit with
Jackson (Jackson) . We slept together that night; I think a good deal of
him & am always very glad of an opportunity to visit with him.
Spent a good portion of the Eve'g in company with Maj. Brain- ard (Brainard (Major)) , who entertained us ( Jackson (Jackson) & me) with graphic recitals
of several thrilling adventures which happened to him while en-
gaged in some important secret service, (before the move-
ment which culminated in the battle of Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg, Virginia) last Dec).
when he crossed the river & went some distance inside
of the rebel lines. He told some important facts, which
I had never known before, & which are not disclosed
to the public, but “which it would appear”, said he, “when the
secret history of the war was written”.
I have seldom enjoyed a visit so well as I did that
with my friends in the 50th (50th Regiment). Maj. Brainard (Brainard (Major)) expressed
his regret that I had not come with him, saying
that I might certianly have attained to my present
rank, which in such a Reg. is fully equivalent to
a captaincy in ours, & would satisfy me much better,
as their Reg. is composed of such an excellent lot of men
and is kept so well filled. They are one of the best drilled
& best disciplined Reg.s in the service & have the finest lot
of officers I ever saw together. You are doubtless a-
ware of the resignations of Capt. Folley (Folley (Captain)) & Lieut. Carroll (Carroll (Lieutenant)) . The
Co. of course felt as if they had been deserted, though they very
highly esteemed both officers & were very sorry to part with
them. Capt. Folley (Folley (Captain)) is spoken of by officers & men, uni-
versally, as a brave & noble fellow, every inch a man,
& also highly efficient as an officer.
Jackson (Jackson (Sergeant)) desired me to present you his kindest
regards; he speaks of you as next, in his esteem, to his own
mother. Orderly Heaton (Heaton (Orderly)) also wished to be remembered. I saw a
good many other friends, among them Bascomb (Bascomb) , Eddy (Eddy) , Crosby (Cosby)
Almost the first thing which claimed my attention upon
my return to our camp, was the signing of our Pay Rolls.
The Paymaster had come, & “would pay us off that afternoon”.
His visit was opportune & welcome indeed; and I am
sure that we were never paid off so expeditiously, & quietly
and with so little trouble of any kind.
Unfortunately Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) could not draw his pay now,
as he was not mustered upon the 30th inst. & it was re-
quired that officers who had been absent beyond their origi-
nal leave, should furnish satisfactory evidence of the nec-
essity of such absence, in fact their cases must be ex-
amined into by a regularly appointed commission: “red tape,”
that's what it is called. Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) will not be able to get his
pay until he is reported for duty and his case is regularly ac-
ted upon by a commission appt'd for such purpose, or when
he is discharged, upon entering the Invalid Corps (Invalid Corps), which
may not be long yet. I have loaned him $100, for which
he is to give me his check. I need to keep with me con-
siderable money, in order to be prepared for emergencies; I
prefer to have more than I may absolutely need, than to get out
& be obliged to borrow, or send for more. I drew for
the two months $234. Shall send home $100 of my
own money & $40 which Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald, Frisbie Clark, Lieutenant Sergeant) has placed in my
charge. Maj. Northup (Northrup, Charles (Major)) , Aleck (Alexander, George (Lieutenant)) & I will send our money
to Father (Cady, Daniel) , in one package. He will of course deduct
their proportionate share of the express charges.
It has been exceedingly windy for several days past,
& there having been no rain to speak of since the thunder
shower about three weeks since, it is very dusty, so much
so as to be very disagreeable.
We have had a Brigade Drill this afternoon, by Gen.
Baxter (Baxter, Henry (Brigadier General)) ;
it went off well, though the weather was warm & the march-
ing to & from the field, which was quite a distance, in addition
to the drilling was somewhat fatiguing.
Besides a quantity of butter and eggs, our Pur-
veyor brought us yesterday a half vol of ale, which we
tapped today, & after a good fair trial, pronounced to be
most excellent. What do you think of that, for the army,
where luxuries are so highly appreciated?
4.45 A.M. Wed.- It is raining this morning, and is quite cool.
Recived a letter from Eliza (Cady, Eliza) yesterday, P.M. She has my Fr. Dict.
& will send it to me. I will write a few lines to Father (Cady, Daniel) today, re-
garding our monetary affairs. Let Ella (Cady, Ella) be patient & she shall
hear from me in due time,- am too busy now to write to her.
Please remember me very kindly to Aunt
Calista (Calista (Aunt)) , Mr. & Mrs. Stur- devant (Sturdevant (Mrs.)) , Mr. & Mrs.
Huntington (Huntington, James (Mr. and Mrs.)) , Mr. & Mrs.
Bellamy (Bellamy (Mrs.)) , to Gussie
Perry (Perry, Gus) ,
Louise S. (Sturdevant, Louise) & others. With much love to those at home who are nearer &
dearer, I will close.