Early Life Born March 25th ,Orchard house, Leighlinbridge. Attended National School in Leighlinbridge. Attended St. Mary’s Knockbeg and St. Patricks collage Carlow.
Beginning of Military Career 1860 – answers a call to arms by the Irish Catholic church to defend pope Pius IX. He was appointed second lieutenant of his unit in the Battalion of St. Patrick. Then he was posted at Ancona, a central port city of Italy.
When the Papal forces were defeated in September in the Battle of Castelfidardo, Ancona was surrounded. Myles was forced to surrender. When he was released he was invited to wear the uniform of the company of St.Patrick as a Vatican Guard.
Myles soon found being idle in the Vatican boring and would go in search of new adventure. Awards - The Pro Petri Sede Medal - The Cross of the Order of St. Gregory - Brevet Ranks of Major and Lieutenant Colonel for Gallant and Meritorious Service
Forward to America 1862 – Myles leaves for the American Civil war aboard the “Kangaroo” Upon arrival Myles was given the rank of Captain.
Service record for Civil War Battle of Port Republic Second Battle of Bull Run Battle of Antietam Stonemans 1863 Raid Gettysburg Campaign Battle of Brandy Station Battle of Upperville
Battle of Gettysburg Battle of Funkstown Battle of Williamsport Bristoe Campaign Atlanta Campaign Battle of Dallas Battle of Kennesaw Mountain Battle of Sunshine Church
Surrounded again A now battle hardened Keogh would find himself in a familiar situation when on July 31, 1864, Keogh and Stoneman’s command were surrounded during the Battle of Sunshine Church, Georgia. Myles was captured and held for over 2 months.
“He is one of the most gallant and efficient young cavalry officers I have ever known”— Major General John M. Schofield, U.S. Secretary of War and commanding General of the United States Army.
Post War Post war Myles would receive his commission as a captain in the regular army.
The last stand In the Battle of the Little Big Horn Myles would have a “Last stand” of his own ,surrounded by the men of Company I. When the sun-blackened and dismembered dead were buried three days later, Keoghs body was found at the centre of a group of troopers that included his two sergeants, company trumpeter and guidon bearer.
Myles , for whatever reasons , was not mutilated by the native Indians , and was found with bullet wounds to the knee and chest. His horse “Comanche” was the only military survivor.
More info. www.myleskeogh.org Find the page on facebook (Myles Walter Keogh) Visit Co. Carlow Military Museum.