scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Gettysburg and Notre Dame
Roman J. Smith (Roman.J.Smith.13@ND.EDU
Mon Nov 22 1999 - 13:44:59 CST
I wish to thank everyone who responded to my request for information on
planning a trip to Gettysburg. When we do go next summer, we may start by
visiting the statue in front of Corby Hall on the campus of Notre Dame.
The statue in front of Corby Hall is of Fr. William J. Corby, after whom
the hall was named. It is a replica of the statue erected on the
battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, depicting Father Corby granting
absolution to the Union troops before the Civil War battle began. The
statue was originally dedicated as a monument to the chaplains, and
brothers and sisters of the Congregation of Holy Cross who worked in the
Army hospitals during the Civil War. After the Civil War ended, Corby
returned to Notre Dame and served a second term as President of the
University, a position he held prior to his military chaplain service.
Of course, in true Notre Dame tradition, a more vernacular name has been
bestowed on this campus landmark. With his right hand raised high, the
statue is often called: "Fair catch Corby."
Roman J. Smith
Technical Support Consultant/Analyst
Investment Office, Grace Hall Suite 900
Notre Dame IN 46556
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