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A brief historical introduction to Myles Keogh

A brief historical introduction to Myles Keogh

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  • 1. Myles W. Keogh By Co.Carlow Military Museum
  • 2. Early Life Born March 25th ,Orchard house, Leighlinbridge. Attended National School in Leighlinbridge. Attended St. Mary’s Knockbeg and St. Patricks collage Carlow.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4.  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.
  • 5.  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
  • 6. Forward to America 1862 – Myles leaves for the American Civil war aboard the “Kangaroo” Upon arrival Myles was given the rank of Captain.
  • 7. 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
  • 8.  Battle of Gettysburg Battle of Funkstown Battle of Williamsport Bristoe Campaign Atlanta Campaign Battle of Dallas Battle of Kennesaw Mountain Battle of Sunshine Church
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. “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.
  • 11. Post War Post war Myles would receive his commission as a captain in the regular army.
  • 12. 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.
  • 13.  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.
  • 14. More info. www.myleskeogh.org Find the page on facebook (Myles Walter Keogh) Visit Co. Carlow Military Museum.