The First Fighting Irish

James M. Schmidt | Feb. 1, 2013 | The New York Times

Civil War Chaplains - FeatureMen from the Irish Brigade, including three priests from the University of Notre Dame: Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., (bottom right), Rev. Patrick Dillon, C.S.C. (standing left) and Rev. William Dillon, C.S.C. (sitting middle) .

On Dec. 10, 1862, Lt. Orville Chamberlain of the 74th Indiana Infantry wrote home to his family in Elkhart from his camp, 50 miles northeast of Nashville, Tenn.

Only months before, Baldwin had been a student on a bucolic college campus in northwestern Indiana, writing his family about the timeless concerns of any college student. The Civil War changed everything for Chamberlain: he left school in the summer of 1862 and joined the 74th Indiana as a private; a year later he was a captain in command of a company. By war’s end, he had distinguished himself in battle and would earn the Medal of Honor for his bravery under fire at the Battle of Chickamauga.

The war likewise brought drastic changes for his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, which, like Chamberlain, was barely out of its teens when the war started.

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