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It was with a faint hope that, after all, our ardent desires might be realized, when we were informed that Rev. Henry Ward Beecher had gone to Washington to intercede for the acceptance of the regiment, and although we could not understand how he could expect President Lincoln or the Secretary of War to order a regiment mustered into service that did not exist, the fact that he was an intimate friend of the President and was pleading for the Phalanx that was dear to his heart, served to quiet our impatience and to appease our wrathful resentment.

Upon the return of Mr. Beecher from his unsuccessful mission there was no longer any hope of uniting with the Brooklyn Phalanx, and while we remained in Brooklyn, denunciations expressive of our indignation at the predicament in which we were placed were freely and continually pronounced. Subsequently, Lieut. Beecher, as we learned to call him, explained to our officers that he had expected to be the Adjutant of the regiment, and that his motive in sending to Massachusetts for us was purely selfish and done hoping that his efforts to build up the Phalanx would result in his preferment for the coveted appointment. Thus the inordinate ambition of a single individual caused three hundred men extreme vexation, annoyance, and anxiety, and subjected the State of Massachusetts to an unnecessary expense of more than two thousand dollars. Nevertheless, amid our discomfitures and trials, the law of compensation seemed to have been exerted in our behalf, for even while we were inBrooklyn, intelligence came to our officers which operated to our advantage, for it opened the way for our connection with the grand regiment with which we afterwards became affiliated.

— from Sgt. Fred C. Floyd History of the Fortieth (Mozart) Regiment New York Volunteers (F.H. Gilson Company, Boston, 1909)

Caz Dolowicz claims Idomeneo is his second favorite Mozart opera. I love it too but is that true I ask?

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