Cardinal Gibbons Preaches at Funeral Mass of General Philip H. Sheridan, August 1888

General Sheridan

Cardinal James Gibbons’ Sermon at the Funeral Mass of General Philip Sheridan, August 11, 1888, St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington, D.C.  (The New York Times, August 12, 1888) Well might the children of Israel bewail their great Captain who led them so often to battle and to victory. And well may this Nation grieve for the [Read More...]

Remembering the Fallen: Corporal John Briody, Seventh U.S. Cavalry (1847-1876)


For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the figure of George Armstrong Custer. So you can imagine my delight to find out that I had a family connection to the Seventh Cavalry. Recently, I discovered a photograph of a lateral ancestor who fought [Read More...]

Military Mass During the Civil War, 1864

CSC chaplains

FATHER CORBY’S DESCRIPTION OF A MILITARY MASS On or about the 4th day of September, 1864, Gen. Meagher, who was on a visit with Gen. Hancock at the time, prior to his departure for the department of Gen. Sherman, to whom he had been assigned for duty, proposed an anniversary celebration for the brigade. The [Read More...]