Clinton Historical Society offers Rush Palmer Cady presentation Jan. 10


CLINTON — Clinton Historical Society, 1 Fountain St., will feature a presentation on, “Rush Palmer Cady Hamilton College Class of 1862,” online on YouTube on Sunday, Jan. 10.

The Clinton Historical Society YouTube channel can be found at:

Rush Palmer Cady was born in Clockville, N.Y. on Dec. 1, 1841, and died July 24, 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 wanted to serve in the Army and was commissioned in February 1862.

Cady was part of 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 (July 1, 1863). Cady was wounded during the fighting and died from his wounds three weeks later.

Katherine Collett, a noted local historian and recently retired archivist at Hamilton College, will give the presentation. She is keenly interested in local biographies and brings with her several years of experience and historical research.

In addition to her 19 years in archival work at Hamilton College, she was an adjunct lecturer at George Washington University, and a lecturer at Mt. Holyoke College. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in medieval studies, a master’s of arts degree from the University of Cambridge, and a bachelor’s of arts degree from Wellseley College. 

Out of an abundance of care for the health of the public, there will be no in-person audience, and the entire program will be recorded and presented on the Clinton Historical Society YouTube channel.


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