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 In bivouac near Rappahannock, 4.5 miles below Falmouth, Virginia, May 1, 1863
D.C. (District of Columbia)
(Washington, District of Columbia)
MAY 4 1863
a strong guard. Hardly any two were dressed
alike, and nearly all were extremely shabby.
They had all sorts of old blankets tied over
their shoulders, and a variety of Haversacks,
but very few had knapsacks.
They were taken in the first line of
rifle-pits, when our men crossed the
river in the pontoons. Gen. Wadsworth (Wadsworth, James Samuel (General)) ()
went over with the first, swimming his
horse by the side of the boat, and taking
the lead of our men, cut off the retreat
of the rebels aforesaid, and captured
them all.- (We are all right yet.
Were under a good deal of shelling
yesterday, and a number of men in our
Div. were killed and wounded.) The
mail has just gone out, before I could
finish my letter, and so I will resume it
where I left off. Gen. W. (Wadsworth, James Samuel (General)) received the
highest encomiums for his brave and
gallant conduct, even from the rebels
themselves. Squads of prisoners are brought
in every few minutes. Asking one of them
“if there were many more over there”, he
answered: “I reckon there are”.
Was this morning informed (through Capt. Thomson (Thomson (Captain)) )
that the Army was to cross in
three places, this one being the centre.
It was not intended that we should
make an attack here, but merely to make
a “demonstration,” and hold our po-
sition, so as to render it necessary for the
rebs to keep a considerable force opposite
us, while the main attack should be made
above. The 2d & half of the 6th Army Corps (6th Army Corps)
are about 2 miles below us, and
at this point is the 1st & the reminder of
the 6th Corps (6th Army Corps), while above, are the 5th (5th Corps) 11th (11th Corps) & 12th Corps (12th Corps).
It has been very
pleasant today, and part of the time quite
warm, but now (4.30 P.M.) the sky
is overcast, and the air somewhat cool,
betokening rain. A short time ago, we
met quite a number of the 50th Reg. Engineers (50th Regiment, Engineers)
among them many Romans: Capt. Folley (Folley (Captain))
Lieut. Carrall (Carrall (Lieutenant)) , Francis Wright (Wright, Francis) , Horace Crosley (Crosley, Horace)
Knight (Knight) , Nobles (Nobles) , Roberts (Roberts) , Snyder (Snyder) and others.
They said they had laid two brigades across.
They had but a few men wounded, not
succeeding in laying the bridges until some
of our troops had crossed and driven the
rebs from their rifle pits.
Having an opportunity to send this
will close & write again next opportunity.