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Col Bernard Francis Mullen
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Birth: Mar. 4, 1825
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Feb. 3, 1879
Marion County
Indiana, USA

Bernard F. Mullen was born on 4 March 1825 in Manayunk, Pennsylvania (now part of Philadelphia). He moved to Ripley County, Indiana as a teenager and eventually enrolled in the Versailles Medical Seminary. During his tenure there, Mullen and some classmates were caught grave robbing in an attempt to perform an autopsy. As a result of this debacle, Mullen decided to volunteer in the United States Army. In 1846 and 1847 he served as an assistant surgeon and steward to the 3rd Indiana Volunteer Regiment, the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Regiment, and the 5th Indiana Volunteer regiment during the Mexican War.

After his service in the Mexican War, Mullen moved to Madison, Indiana, where he was married on 9 April 1849 to Mary F. Mancourt. He practiced medicine in Madison and later in Napoleon, Indiana. The couple had five children: Frederick H., Bernard F., Alexander, Mary, and Hugh D.

Around 1853 Mullen joined the Ripley County State Militia. In 1861 he organized the 2nd Irish Volunteer Regiment, 61st Indiana Volunteers and continued to recruit. In 1862 the 61st Indiana Volunteers consolidated with the 35th Indiana, 1st Irish Regiment and Mullen was commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel into Field & Staff, 35th Regiment, Indiana Infantry on 22 May 1862. He was promoted to Colonel on 7 August 1862.

The 35th Indiana traveled to Tennessee and became attached to the Army of the Cumberland. There was tension between Col. John C. Walker and Mullen, as Walker attempted to prevent Mullen from assuming command. Mullen was tried as incompetent to command, then exonerated. Walker was ordered to the rear and apparently resigned his command. Walker was discharged on 6 August 1862.

While in command of the 35th Indiana, Mullen's soldiers saw action at Perryville, Kentucky; Dobbin's Ferry (Lavergne), Tennessee; and Stone's River, Tennessee, where Mullen was injured. He took a leave of absence from his regiment and was involved in recruiting soldiers and defending Madison, Indiana, from Morgan's Raiders in July 1863. He returned to his regiment in October 1863 and participated in the Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign at Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, and Ringgold Gap. The regiment re-enlisted at Shell Mound (Shellmound), Tennessee in December 1863 and went on furlough in January and February 1864. Due to ill health, Mullen did not return to the regiment and his resignation was accepted in 29 May 1864.

Mullen continued to practice medicine in Madison until 1871 and then moved to Terre Haute. He was involved in politics and apparently was very active in the Fenian Brotherhood. Mullen died of consumption (tuberculosis) on 3 February 1879 while visiting Indianapolis.

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Saint Joseph Cemetery
Terre Haute
Vigo County
Indiana, USA
Plot: unmarked
Created by: Eric Lowman
Record added: Nov 15, 2010
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