By William Corby
Of all of the devices that fought within the Civil battle, the Irish Brigade appears to be like the main famous. made out of troops from manhattan who have been usually Irish-Catholics, this unit proved itself in the most very important battles of the conflict. A crucial participant during this unit used to be the chaplin, Father William Corby. via his devotions and his willingness to be ever-present on the encampments, in addition to on the entrance, the souls of the Irish Brigade have been continually cared for. a mix biography, background of the Irish Brigade, daily check out the lives of Civil battle squaddies, and mirrored image at the Catholic religion, this publication is splendidly written in Corby's personal phrases. all of the facets of his lifestyles come jointly right here. prompt for public and educational libraries.
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Egan, O. ; Father Thomas Scully, of Massachusetts, and Rev. Doctor Kilroy. These I mention with no regard to precedence, excepting as they come to my mind. Most of those mentioned in this last list remained only a short time in the army. Some were taken sick, others were too old and could not endure the fatigues and privations, others belonging to religious orders were called home for special * The Sixty-ninth Pennsylvania was aft r a time assigned to another brigade in the same corps. Page 20 duty.
D. O'Grady of Corby's old regiment. In his official deposition to the War Department, Mulholland declared that Corby was known as a Fighting Chap- 24Hope, Notre Dame, pp. 18391; Notre Dame Scholastic 36 (October 18, 1902): 108; The Class Day Book of '80 (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1880), p. 17; annotated pamphlet, Father Corby at Gettysburg, Corby Collection, UNDA; Notre Dame Scholastic 27 (December 2, 1893): 196. 25W. L. D. O'Grady to Corby, May 24, 1888, Corby Papers, PAC; Notre Dame Scholastic 21 (June 30, 1888): 669; pp.
See Mary Frances Murphy to Corby, June 4, 1893, Corby Papers, PAC. Page xxiii Corby describes the boisterous fun of the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the Irish Brigade. Most important to Father Corby, however, was his ministering to the bodies and the souls of men who lived with constant hardship, and who frequently faced the prospect of their own deaths with an immediacy seldom experienced by those in civilian life. In his graphic but unpretentious way, Corby narrates not only his own story, but also the stories of several fellow chaplains who served with other Catholic regiments in the Union army.