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Indian Campaigns - U.S. Army

Bernard John dowling Irwin

  • Rank: Assistant Surgeon (Highest Rank: Brigadier General)
  • Conflict/Era: Indian Campaigns
  • Unit/Command:
    7th U.S. Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: February 13, 1861
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Apache Pass, Arizona, USA
Voluntarily took command of troops and attacked and defeated hostile Indians he met on the way. Surg. Irwin volunteered to go to the rescue of 2d Lt. George N. Bascom, 7th Infantry, who with 60 men was trapped by Chiricahua Apaches under Cochise. Irwin and 14 men, not having horses, began the 100-mile march riding mules. After fighting and capturing Indians, recovering stolen horses and cattle, he reached Bascom's column and helped break his siege.
Medal of Honor Recipient Bernard J. Irwin
Medal of Honor Recipient Bernard J. Irwin
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 24, 1894
  • Born: June 24, 1830, Ireland
  • Died: December 15, 1927, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
  • Buried: U.S. Military Academy Cemetery (MH) (D-17), West Point, NY, United States

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