Bernard John Dowling Irwin Papers ca.1850-19--


Bernard John Dowling Irwin Papers, ca.1850-19--

Bernard John Dowling Irwin Papers ca.1850-19--

Collection contains reprints of articles written by Irwin and articles written about him and his career, biographical data, and photographs.


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Irwin, Bernard John Dowling, 1830-1917 (person)

Bernard John Dowling Irwin was born in Ireland and emigrated to the United States while still a boy. He graduated from New York Medical College in 1852 and began his service in the U.S. Army as a surgeon in 1855. In February 1861, while stationed at Fort Buchanan, Arizona, he led troops against Chiricahua Indians at Apache Pass. He was awarded the Medal of Honor and gained the nickname "The Fighting Doctor" for his gallantry. During the Civil War, Irwin introduced the use of tent field hospitals...