Letter written by Rush P. Cady, lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, to his parents of Rome, New York, from Headquarters 97th- N.Y.V. Catletts, Virginia, June 25, 1863

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Letter written by Rush P. Cady, lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K, from Headquarters 97th Regiment, Catlett, Virginia, June 25, 1863, to his parents, Daniel and Fidelia W. (Palmer) of Rome, New York


WASHINGTOND.C. (District of Columbia) (Washington, District of Columbia)
JUN [day unclear] 1862 [Comment:] Year on envelope differs from year in letter.

[Written in margins: July 4th]

Mr. Daniel Cady (Cady, Daniel)
N.Y. (New York) (Rome, Oneida County, New York)

PAGE IMAGE Headquarters 97th" N.Y.V. (97th Regiment, New York Volunteers)
Catletts, Va. (Virginia) (Catlett, Virginia)   June 25th '62. Dear Parents,

As it is but a few days
since I wrote home, I will have but
little to write now.- Joe (Joe) & I received a
hearty welcome back,- all seemed glad
to have us return, in health; especially Gus- tavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) . We found him quite well, with
the exception of a little lameness, occasioned
by marching, but he has since recovered
from that. Found the Major quite sick,
at a farm-house, about a mile East of
our Camp, where he had been some time,
having a comfortable place, & being well cared
for. He has now returned to camp, being
nearly recovered, though not very strong
yet.- I took dinner, in company with the
chaplain,- Gustavus (Palmer, Gustavus M. (Captain)) & Joe (Joe) , at the house
where the Major was staying,- the day after
our arrival.- Mr. Calvin (Calvin (Mr.)) & his family,

PAGE IMAGE consisting of a wife & four daughters, entertained
us very acceptably.- The people about here,
with several families of whom, I have be-
come acquainted, live in a homely way
though they seem to be comfortably off,
& treat the soldiers in a hospitable man-
ner. Nearly, if not quite, all are strong
in their expressions of sympathy for
the government, & the Union Cause, & ex-
ceedingly desirous that the war shall be
speedily brought to an end. All the
property owners about here have suffered
greatly in a pecuniary point of view, from the
proximity of the armies. Rather than
risk the destruction of crops, little ap-
pears to be raised this season.

That march to Front Royal, & the
hardships & exposures incident thereto, told
sadly upon the health of our Reg.
A great many were sick in con-
sequence; about 20 are scattered in
different hospitals, out of our Co. & of
those who are left in the Co. a good

PAGE IMAGE many have been unwell, but are now
rapidly recovering. Our sleeping ac-
commodations are quite rude - I have
no blanket, except a rubber one, as my
two woolen blankets & rubber coat were
lost some time ago. The weather has
been quite pleasant since I came,
though we have had two pretty hard
rain storms.- Our Co. was out on
Picket day before yesterday. I was with
the most advanced picket, consist-
ing of 9 men, a Serg. & Corp. During the
day - a party of 17 of Shields men came
along & passed beyond the lines to go
on a scout. At night 7 of them came
back, reporting that they had seen the
Rebel pickets three miles above. We
were at Warrenton Junction (Warrenton Junction, Virginia) , 2 1/2; miles
west of Catletts (Catlett, Virginia) . It has been since
reported that the enemy are only 8 miles
from here, which may or may not
be true.- We are expecting march-
ing orders all the time, having been
PAGE IMAGE Ordered to be in readiness to march
at an hours notice. What our
destination is to be, of course we
do not know. I am very well,
am getting quite strong & rugged.
Love to all - good night.

Your aff. Son Rush Palmer Cady (Cady, Rush Palmer (Lieutenant)) . P.S.

Thursday Morning,
As I write, a squadron
of Cavalry - the 1st Mich. (1st Regiment, Michigan)- is passing
by, probably going towards Warrenton (Warrenton, Virginia) ,
as there are bands of Guerilla Cavalry
between here & there.- One of our
boys who was off 8 or 10 miles from
here, scouring the Country, trying to "cap-
ture" some stray horses, went within
a short distance of a body of about
40 - guerilla Cavalry, & narrowly es-
caped being taken. We expect work
pretty soon.
Rush (Cady, Rush Palmer (Lieutenant))

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