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"Fair-Catch Corby" Gettysburg Statue of Father William Corby offering general absolution to the Irish Brigade; a copy of this statue is on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

Rev. William Corby, CSC (October 2, 1833 – December 28, 1897) was a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Corby is perhaps best known for his giving general absolution to the Irish Brigade on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, which was dramatized in the film Gettysburg. Fr. Corby also served twice as President of the University of Notre Dame. The school's Corby Hall is named for him, and a statue of him similar to that at Gettysburg stands outside this building on the Notre Dame campus.

Fr. Corby was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Daniel, an Irish native, and Elizabeth, a Canadian.

Widely remembered among military chaplains and celebrated by Irish-American fraternal organizations, his statue with right hand raised in the gesture of blessing was the first statue of a non-general erected on the Gettysburg Battlefield.

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Further reading

  • Bergen, Doris L. (ed.), The Sword of the Lord, University of Notre Dame Press: Notre Dame, IN. 2004. ISBN 0-268-01275-9.
  • Corby, Rev. William, CSC., Memoirs of Chaplain Life: Three Years with the Irish Brigade in the Army of the Potomac Edited by Lawrence F. Kohl. Fordham University Press: New York. 1992. ISBN 0-8232-1251-3
Academic offices
Preceded by
Patrick Dillon
President of the University of Notre Dame
Succeeded by
Auguste Lemmonier
Preceded by
Patrick J. Colovin
President of the University of Notre Dame
Succeeded by
Thomas Walsh


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