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Myles W. Keogh
Myles W. Keogh

Myles Walter Keogh (March 25, 1840June 25, 1876) was an Irish soldier who was also an American Civil War military officer and later a member of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment during the Indian Wars of the 1870s. He was killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Image File history File links Myles_Keogh. ... Image File history File links Myles_Keogh. ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... 1840 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... This article is becoming very long. ... 7th Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia The 7th United States Cavalry Regiment is a United States Army cavalry regiment, whose lineage traces back to the mid-19th century. ... Combatants Native Americans United States of America/Colonial America Indian Wars is the name generally used in the United States to describe a series of conflicts between the federal government and Native Americans. ... Combatants Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, Arapaho United States Commanders Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse George Armstrong Custer â€ , Marcus Reno, Frederick Benteen, James Calhoun Strength 949 lodges (probably 950-1200 warriors) 31 officers, 566 troopers, 15 civilians, ~35-40 scouts Casualties ~138 killed ~168 wounded (according to Sitting Bull and Red Horse) ~268...

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Career

Myles Keogh was born in Orchard House, Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland. One of 13 children, he was set for military life early on as his favorite childhood book was Charles O'Malley, the Irish Dragoon. He spent two years at St. Patrick's College before leaving Ireland to be a mercenary, and he fought as a second lieutenant in the Papal Army against Garibaldi's Piedmontese seeking to reunite their country. The Pope rewarded him for his service with the Pro Petri Sede Medal and also with the Cross of the Order of St. Gregory as a personal favor. Leighlinbridge (Leithghlinn an Droichid in Irish) is a village in County Carlow, Ireland. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Carlow Code: CW Area: 896 km² Population (2006) 50,471 Website: www. ... St Patricks College many mean: St Patricks College of Education, Dublin St Patricks College, Maynooth Colleges and other institutions called after Saint Patrick, patron saint, are common in Ireland. ... Second Lieutenant is the lowest commissioned rank in many armed forces. ...


He left Europe for the United States in 1862 to fight in the American Civil War and signed up as a volunteer with the Union Army. He saw action in the Gettysburg Campaign as an aide to Brigadier General John Buford, and was breveted a major. Upon Buford's death from pneumonia in December of 1863, Keogh transferred to the Western Theater. He became Aide-de-Camp to Maj. Gen. George Stoneman with the Regular Army rank of captain. Keogh was captured in Georgia with Stoneman by the Confederate Army in July 1864. He was held for 2 1/2 months as a prisoner of war before being released. Keogh received brevets up to lieutenant colonel for his service during the Civil War. This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... This article is becoming very long. ... The 21st Michigan Infantry, a company of Shermans veterans. ... Meade and Lee of Gettysburg Gettysburg Campaign (through July 3); cavalry movements shown with dashed lines. ... A Brigadier General, or one-star general, is the lowest rank of general officer in the United States and some other countries, ranking just above Colonel and just below Major General. ... John F. Buford (March 4, 1826 – December 16, 1863) was an American cavalry officer during the American Civil War. ... Major is a military rank the use of which varies according to country. ... Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the alveoli (microscopic air-filled sacs of the lung responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere) become inflamed and flooded with fluid. ... An aide-de-camp (French: camp assistant) is a personal assistant, secretary, or adjutant to a person of high rank, usually a senior military officer or a head of state. ... Insignia of a United States Air Force Major General German Generalmajor Insignia Major General is a military rank used in many countries. ... Portrait of George Stoneman during the Civil War George Stoneman (August 22, 1822 – September 5, 1894) was a career U.S. Army officer, a Union cavalry general in the American Civil War, and the Governor of California between 1883 and 1887. ... The Regular Army is the permanent force of the United States Army that is maintained during peacetime, as opposed to those persons who may be part of a reserve or national guard outfit. ... Captain is a nautical term, an organizational title, and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ... The word brevet has several meanings: In the military, brevet refers to a warrant authorizing a commissioned officer to temporarily hold a higher rank, without a corresponding pay increase. ... In the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel is a commissioned officer superior to a major and inferior to a colonel. ...


Post-bellum career

After the war, he obtained a commission as a captain in the Regular Army as part of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment under George Armstrong Custer. He was given command of I Company, which became known as the "Wild I". He was generally well-liked by fellow officers, but not always by his men, though some of them spoke highly of him. He had a swagger stick with a silver dog's head as the handle that he used to keep his men in line when he felt it necessary. He drank heavily at times, but it is not clear whether or not he crossed the line into alcoholism, as did many of his fellow officers. Keogh was also fond of the ladies, though he never married, and carried a photograph of fellow officer Thomas McDougall's sister with him to the Little Bighorn. 7th Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia The 7th United States Cavalry Regiment is a United States Army cavalry regiment, whose lineage traces back to the mid-19th century. ... George Armstrong Custer Custer redirects here. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... The Battle of the Little Bighorn, also called Custers Last Stand, was an engagement between a Lakota-Cheyenne combined force and the 7th Cavalry of the United States Army that took place on June 25, 1876 near the Little Bighorn River in the eastern Montana Territory. ...


Keogh and his I Company were one of only two companies that seemed to be organized in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and the Indians interviewed after the battle told of a man matching Keogh's description who was a fierce fighter and was the last of his company to fall. Keogh was reportedly not as disfigured as most of the soldiers were; some claim that this is due to the religious medal that he wore, probably an Agnus Dei. His Papal medals are now in the possession of his family (see Myles Keogh: the Life and Legend of an "Irish Dragoon" in the Seventh Cavalry, p.157), though the story has been told that they wound up around the neck of Sitting Bull (according to Ray O'Hanlon of the New York Irish Echo (see [1]). Combatants Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, Arapaho United States Commanders Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse George Armstrong Custer â€ , Marcus Reno, Frederick Benteen, James Calhoun Strength 949 lodges (probably 950-1200 warriors) 31 officers, 566 troopers, 15 civilians, ~35-40 scouts Casualties ~138 killed ~168 wounded (according to Sitting Bull and Red Horse) ~268... Portrait of Sitting Bull taken in 1885 by D. F. Barry Sitting Bull (Sioux: Tatanka Iyotake or Tatanka Iyotanka or Ta-Tanka I-Yotank, first named Slon-he, Slow), (c. ...


Keogh's horse, Comanche, is considered the only military survivor of the battle, though several other badly wounded horses were found and destroyed at the scene. Keogh's remains were interred in Ft. Hill Cemetery (bio and photos) in Auburn, New York. His bloody gauntlets and the guidon of his Company I were recovered by the army three months after Little Bighorn at the Battle of Slim Buttes. Comanche Comanche was a mixed Mustang Morgan horse who was the sole survivor of General George Armstrong Custers detachment of the US 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. ... Auburn is a city in Cayuga County, New York, United States of America. ... In the United States Army, a guidon is a military standard that company-sized elements carry to signify their unit designation and corps affiliation. ... Combatants Lakota United States Commanders Crazy Horse Strength Casualties {{{notes}}} The Battle of Slim Buttes was fought on January 8, 1877, between United States cavalry and Lakota Sioux forces. ...


External links

  • [2] Keogh's Life
  • [3] Keogh Biography
  • Son of the Morning Star, Evan S. Connell, 1984, ISBN 0-06-097161-4
  • Classic Battles: Little Big Horn 1876, Peter Panzieri, 1995, ISBN 1-85532-458-X
  • Custer and His Commands, Kurt Hamilton Cox, 1999, ISBN 1-85367-358-7
  • The Custer Autograph Album, John M. Carroll, 1994, ISBN 0-932702-97-X
  • The Little Bighorn Campaign, Wayne Michael Sarf, 1993, ISBN 0-938289-21-7
  • Myles Keogh: The Life and Legend of an "Irish Dragoon" in the Seventh Cavalry, John P. Langellier, Kurt Hamilton Cox, Brian C. Pohanka, 1998, ISBN 0-912783-21-4
  • The Honor of Arms: A Biography of Myles W. Keogh, Charles L. Convis, 1990, ISBN 0-87026-076-6
  • Custer's Fall, David Humphreys Miller, Duell, Sloan and Pierce, Inc., 1957

Son of the Morning Star is a book and a movie (in 1991) based on the book. ...

Trivia

Keogh's name is often misspelled as Keough.


Myles Keogh is referred to in the 1949 motion picture She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, where John Wayne's character Nathan Brittles is reading a dispatch listing those killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.


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CalendarHome.com - Myles Keogh - Calendar Encyclopedia (0 words)
Myles Keogh was born in Orchard House, Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland.
Keogh and his I Company were involved in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and the Indians interviewed after the battle told of a man matching Keogh's description who was a fierce fighter and was the last of his company to fall.
Myles Keogh's name is mentioned in the 1949 motion picture She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, where John Wayne's character Nathan Brittles is reading a dispatch listing those killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
Biography of Captain Myles W. Keogh (393 words)
During the war Keogh gained a reputation for gallantry, and was brevetted a Lieutenant Colonel.
Keogh's long journey from home ended on Sunday, June 25, 1876, when he, and Custer, and over 200 other officers and men of the Seventh were overrun by several thousand, mainly, Sioux and Cheyenne warriors.
Keogh's gallantry, noted during his career by the Pope, the U. Department of War, and later by Custer, was ultimately recognized by the Indian victors at the Little Bighorn, for he was the only member of the Seventh not mutilated by the Indians.
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