“Occasion for Congratulating Myself”
Col. William B. Hazen and his 41st
By now, hard-driving, tough-minded Hazen has decided that one of the most promising men in his 41st
Today, Opdycke writes his wife, Lucy, to tell her of his arrival in
The admiration is mutual. Opdycke likes Hazen’s no-nonsense approach to all things military and he models himself on the West Pointer. Like Hazen, he is strong-willed and quick tempered. Unlike West Pointer Hazen, Opdycke has no prior military experience.
Opdycke is first lieutenant of the 41st
Only five days ago, the 41st was stationed at
In his letter to Lucy, Lieutenant Opdycke calls
In the “regular classes for study and recitation” Hazen requires of his 32 officers, Opdycke ranks highest in Hazen’s grade book. “I see more real occasion for congratulating myself, [now] that I have gained as a honorable position as I...hold, “ he tells Lucy.
In fact, Opdycke is so confident of promotion that he tells Lucy he will turn down an offer—as yet, only hinted at—to join Brig, Gen. Jacob D. Cox’s staff in western
Back in western
Hayes’ harsh opinion is not unique. Many
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