Bernard John Dowling Irwin letter and diary, 1855-1856.


Irwin, Bernard John Dowling, 1830-1917. Bernard John Dowling Irwin letter and diary, 1855-1856.

Bernard John Dowling Irwin letter and diary, 1855-1856.

Handwritten and signed letter and diary. The letter is addressed to Captain Edward L. Hartz and is dated April 17, 1856. It discusses a military march through the Rio Grande Valley and life in and around Fort Union, New Mexico. The diary, kept from 1855-1856, records Irwin's journey from New York to Corpus Christi, Texas aboard the steamship Prometheus and his overland march to Fort Filmore via a number of military forts.

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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...

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