Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Irish Brigade's Father William Corby

From Wikipedia.

Yesterday's post about the Mort Kunstler painting featured Father William Corby.

Born October 2, 1833, Died December 28, 1987

Attached to the Irish Brigade during the Civil War.  Born in Detroit, Michigan and enrolled at the then ten-year old Notre Dame College in South Bend, Indiana.  Wonder if he was able to get tickets to the game.

Ordained there and then taught there and returned to the school after the war and stayed there the rest of his life.

He is best known for giving General Absolution to the Irish brigade the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg.  This absolves you of your sins.  The Irish brigade brought 5,000 into the battle and only 500 remained after it.

A statue of Father Corby was erected at the Gettysburg Battlefield in 1912.

--Old Secesh

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