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Bernard John Dowling Irwin correspondence and diary

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1159

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • 1855-1856

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Bernard John Dowling Irwin correspondence and diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Bernard John Dowling Irwin (1830-1917) was a surgeon in the United States Army. He is best known for beginning the first military hospitals in the field of combat. Dr. Bernard John Dowling Irwin is credited with establishing the first tent field hospital at the battle of Shiloh, during the Civil War. However, controversy regarding this claim exists because of the confusing practice of using the term field hospital to refer to facilities with different capabilities. Irwin's hospital was said to be the first practical demonstration that sufficient inpatient care could be provided on the battlefield, eliminating the need to evacuate unstable patients.

Extent

2 items (10 pages)

Overview

Handwritten and signed letter and diary. This 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, abroad the steamship Prometheus and his overland march to Fort Filmore via a number of military forts.

Custodial History

Donated.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Not indicated in collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated.

Appraisal

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; 2007.
Title
Register of the Bernard John Dowling Irwin correspondence and diary
Status
In Progress
Author
Elisa Visick
Date
2010 August 3
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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