Rush Palmer Cady was born in Clocksville, NY, on 1 December, 1841 and died 24 July, 1863, in Gettysburg, PA. Cady came to Hamilton College as a sophomore in 1859, joining the class of 1862. When the Civil War began, he made several attempts to join the Union Army, finally succeeding in late 1861. In February, 1862, Cady was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the 97th New York Volunteers, and was promoted to 1st lieutenant after his regiment fought in the Battle of Fredericksburg in September, 1862. The 97th infantry played an important role in the first day of fighting in the Battle of Gettysburg (1 July, 1863). Due to the deaths of his senior officers, Cady became the officer in command of his regiment during the battle until he was wounded and had to be removed from the battlefield. Cady succumbed to his injury three weeks later.