A Chaplain in the Civil War

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014In the fall of 1861, Father William Corby, a Notre Dame educated priest, not yet 30 years old, joined the 88th New York and the Irish Brigade as their chaplain. The regiment was a part of many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. But it’s Corby’s action on July 2nd, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg that will long be remembered…

A Small Rock Marking a Big Impact

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014There are hundreds of monuments here at Gettysburg National Battlefield. Many times it’s difficult to know the story behind each one…there are simply so many. That’s why one statue placed upon a small rock may not draw that much attention. But when you learn the story about the man it depicts, you’ll be intrigued by his interesting route into this battle…

The Role of Chaplains in the Civil War

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014If you are a student of the Civil War, you probably know some of the important names like Generals Lee and Grant, or battles like Antietam and Gettysburg. It’s easy to overlook important aspects of the war that often go unnoticed. Today we take a look back at one of those areas…the role of the chaplain…

The Importance of Faith in Battle

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014A soldier needs many resources in battle. One of those items is perhaps most important, yet intangible. It’s the importance of one’s faith…and today we take a look at the role of an army chaplain…a position that helps one minister to the needs of those who may be on the front lines

Gettysburg Week: The General (Most of) America Forgot

Screen Shot 2013-07-01 at 3.02.54 PMIn the three days leading up to Indpendence Day, 1863, Americans waged the greatest of battles against one another at Gettysburg. So on the 150th anniversary of the battle, we’ll spend this week there, taking a look back at the the people and sites that played at important role in the conflict. We begin with the man who led the Union…a man most Americans cannot name.

The Battle of Cedar Creek

There are nearly 400 national park sites in the United States. Today we visit one of the newest in the system; a place of vital importance in American history, yet a place many have never heard of…..

Antietam Battle

antietam2Even by today’s standards, the cost of this battle was staggering. It was a 12 hour conflict that saw a man killed every second; that’s every second for 12 straight hours…

Antietam Battle’s Blood Lane

antietam3The fields were filled with ears of corn nearing harvest during September, but the kernels would never be shelled. In fact, it was these fields that were not large enough to bury the dead from both sides of another battle in the Civil War…

Knowing Someone Else’s Battle Plan

antietam1Imagine going into a battle and having the enemy’s plan of attach in your hands. It sounds like it would not be a fair fight, but this is the story of what one general did with the plans he discovered…

Battle at Antietam

antietam0You may have heard stories of family members fighting against one another during the Civil War. At this famous battlefield, it was the teacher who sought to defeat his student…

The Battle of Gettysburg

In the three days leading up to Independence Day in 1863, Americans waged the greatest of battles against one another at Gettysburg.  So for the next three days, we’ll go there as well to take a look at the people the played at important role in that conflict.  We begin with the man who led the Union…a man most Americans can not name.

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