Bernard John Dowling Irwin letter and diary

Bernard John Dowling Irwin letter and diary

Dates: 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.

  • Extent: 2 items (19 p.)
  • Creator: Irwin, Bernard John Dowling, 1830-1917
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1159
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Bernard John Dowling Irwin letter and diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 1159; Bernard John Dowling Irwin letter and diary; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1159, LTPSC.
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Irwin, Bernard John Dowling, 1830-1917--Diaries; United States. Army--History--Sources; Military; Military camps--Texas--History--Sources; New Mexico--History--Sources; Politics, Government, and Law; Soldiers--United States--History--Sources; Texas--History--1846-1950--Sources
Genre / Form
Diaries; Letters
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy).
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Irwin (Bernard John Dowling) letter and diary
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Finding aid prepared by Elisa Visick
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-04T16:42-0600
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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.

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