Gettysburg's Monuments: From Their "EYE'S" Father William Corby
From Father Corby's eyes.
The bronze statue of Father William Corby was dedicated October 29, 1910. It was the work of sculptor Samuel Murray.
The statue depicts Corby, on the afternoon of July 2nd, granting the men of Kelly's Irish Brigade absolution. This brigade would then move as part of Caldwell's Division to the fighting in the Wheatfield.
In 1861 Father Corby teaching at Notre Dame University would leave this position and join the 88th New York Infantry as Chaplin. He would serve with the Irish Brigade throughout the war.
Following the Civil War, he would return to Notre Dame and serve two terms as president. Corby would die December 28, 1897 at the age of 64.