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Monday, March 6, 2017

March 06, 2017

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Father William Corby is one of Gettysburg’s most interesting figures, though he never wore blue or gray. He was the chaplain who famously led the mostly-Catholic Irish Brigade in prayer just before their fatal march to the Wheatfield on July 2ND, 1863, raising his hand in benediction on what some believe was this very spot. (Others imagine that he stood closer to the current-day Pennsylvania State Memorial). If you’ve seen the movie Gettysburg you’ve likely noted the scene which memorializes the Irish Brigade and their brave chaplain at this pivotal moment. Though the monument, which dates from 1910, seems to depict an older gentleman, the real Father Corby was only 30 years old at the time of the battle.


Died July 02/04, 1863

Co. I, 8TH Alabama Infantry

Pvt. Hall’s exact date of death is unknown. He enlisted in May 1861 and was wounded on the second day of battle, dying shortly of his wounds. He was later buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. 

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