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Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Finding Aid by: Sarah Pfundstein, February 2013
James K. Bigelow was born October 17, 1833 in Bellbrook, Ohio. He attended the University of Louisville, School of Medicine and the Hospital Medical College of Louisville. Bigelow was married three times the last being to Mrs. Eliza Vail of Keokuk, Iowa with whom he had two children, Jenie born in1864 and Mary born in 1870. During the Civil War he was assigned to the 8th Indiana regiment as an assistant surgeon and was promoted to full surgeon on June 6, 1863. On August 28th Bigelow left the Army and went back to private life in Indianapolis. He was associated for several years with Dr. Bob Todd. He was a Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of the state medical society. Bigelow also wrote “An Abridged History of the Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry; from its organization April 21, 1861 to the date of reenlistment as Veterans January 1, 1864.” He died on June 1, 1886.
Ancestry Library. www.ancestrylibrary.com (accessed February 11, 2013).
Bigelow, James K. Abridged History of the Eighth Indiana Volunteer infantry, from its organization April 21st 1861 tothe date of re-enlistment as veterans, January 1, 1864. Indianapolis: Ellis Barnes, Book and Job Printers, 1864.
Indianapolis News. "Death of Dr. J.K. Bigelow." June 1, 1886: pg.1 col. 4.
"Ruth Lilly Medical Library Historical Databases ." Biblioserver. http://www.biblioserver.com/19centurydocs/ (accessed February 11, 2013).
The collection contains a letter to J.K. Bigelow from his colleagues letting him know how much they appreciate his work while working at the Port Hospital of Savannah, GA. On the back of the letter are two of J.K. Bigelow’s personal cards.
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Item and Folder Listing:
Folder 1. J.K. Bigelow
05/12/1865 Letter to J.K. Bigelow from colleagues at the Port Hospital of Savannah, GA
Size of Collection: 1 Folder
Collection Dates: 1865
Provenance: James Bigelow Steep
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
Related Holdings: S1368 - Henry D. Washburn