This collection contains a copy of Catlin's diary kept while an army doctor during the Mexican-American War. Catlin writes about the diseases and injuries faced by solders, the places he visited, and the Battle of Buena Vista.
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Hiram Wesley Catlin diary, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
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Biographical or Historical Data:
Hiram Wesley Catlin was born November 27, 1820, in Indiana. He attended Louisville Medical College in Kentucky, and served as a surgeon in the Second Regiment, Indiana Infantry, during the Mexican-American War. Upon returning to Indiana, Catlin married Rachel Hickman on January 6, 1848, in Floyd County, Indiana. In 1853, he served as a member of the Indiana General Assembly. Catlin and his family moved to St. Peter, Minnesota, in 1855. Catlin lived there and worked as a physician until his death, May 26, 1861.