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Bernard F. Mullen collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2309

Scope and Contents

This collection contains research material compiled by Andrew Mullen, C.P.P.S. of the St. Charles Seminary at Carthagena, Ohio, regarding his great grandfather, Bernard F. Mullen. The research documents include typewritten transcriptions of newspaper articles and military correspondence and orders ranging from 1860 to 1863. A number of the transcribed military documents are noted as coming from the National Archives. A transcription of Bernard Mullen's obituary from the February 12, 1879 Madison Weekly Courier and photocopies of "One Day a Year for the Sons of Erin; First Indianapolis Observance in 1864," an article printed in the March 11, 1922 Indianapolis News that includes pictures of Mullen and his sons and grandsons, are included as well.

The collection also contains a copy of "Col. Bernard F. Mullen, Commander of the 35th Indiana Volunteers, 1st Irish Regiment, Civil War," a biographical sketch composed and edited by Andrew Mullen in April 1968; photocopies of a typewritten synopsis of Col. Mullen's activities as secretary of war of military and naval affairs for the New York Irish Republic (Fenian Brotherhood) written by Andrew Mullen dated May 8, 1972; copies of "Additional Bibliography of Col. Bernard F. Mullen and the 35th Ind. Vol. 1st Irish Regt. (Civil War)" compiled in the 1970s; photocopies of pictures of Col. Bernard F. Mullen, Dr. Alexander J. Mullen, and Lt. Bernard R. Mullen; and two copies of "'The Struggle for Command; or a Case of Insubordination (Col. Mullen-Walker Affair)," Andrew Mullen's 51-page history that includes a 3-page index dated August 1975 and a May 19, 1976 preface later added by Mullen.


  • 1860-1976


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Bernard Frances Mullen was born March 4, 1825 in Manayunk, Pennsylvannia (now part of Philadelphia), the son of Hugh and Bridget (McCoy) Mullen. In the 1840s, he moved with his family to Napoleon in Ripley County, Indiana. He studied medicine under his brother Alexander at the Versailles Medical Seminary eleven miles south of Napoleon. In 1846, he enlisted and served as the youngest surgeon during the Mexican-American War. After the war, Mullen settled in Madison, Indiana and began his private medical practice. He married Mary F. Mancourt in April 1849 and they had five children. Mullen moved his family to Napoleon in 1853 and he became active in the Ripley County State Militia and attained the rank of colonel.

In November 1861, Mullen was authorized by Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton to organized the 61st Indiana Volunteers, known as the 2nd Irish Volunteer Regiment. In May 1862, the 61st was consolidated with the 35th Indiana Regiment, known as the 1st Irish Regiment, and Mullen was commissioned a lieutenant colonel. He was promoted to colonel in August 1862 and gained fame during his command at the battles of Stone River and at Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge during the Chattanooga campaign. Due to poor health, Mullen resigned from the 35th in May 1864 and returned to Madison, Indiana and resumed his medical practice. In the summer of 1871, the family moved to Terre Haute where Mullen became active in Democratic politics. Mullen was a candidate for state librarian when he died of consumption while on a trip to Indianapolis on February 3, 1879.


Information found within collection.

Jefferson County Local History. "Colonel Mullen and the Army Post at Madison." Accessed April 19, 2022.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana Archives and as a donation from Brother Andrew Mullen in the 1980s.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S0498: Hugh D. Gallagher papers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/04/18 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/04/18 by Laura Eliason.
Bernard F. Mullen collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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