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Cady, Rush Palmer, 1841-1863



  • Existence: 1841 - 1863


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.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Civil War Collection

Identifier: yhm-arc-2023-017
Scope and Contents

Contains personal correspondence, diaries, and biographical information on Civil War soldiers Rush P. Cady, William Walling, Charles S. Hoyt, and Talmon and Henry D. Frost. Of special note are the diaries of Rush Cady and the newspaper Young America he created during the Antebellum period. Researchers will gain insight on Cady and Walling's experiences in the infantry and Hoyt's experiences as a surgeon.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1804-1870; 2010

Civil War Letters Collection: Rush P. Cady

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-0000-185.2
Dates: Majority of material found within 1863-01-02 to 1863-09-28

Diary of Rush Palmer Cady

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-2019-032
Dates: 1860-08-01 - 1860-09-09

Rush P. Cady and Cady Family Papers

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-2010-018
Dates: Majority of material found in 1812-1863

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Unprocessed Material 3
Collection 1
Correspondence 3
Diaries 3
Deeds 1
Essays 1
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863 1