Post by bandboxtroop on Nov 13, 2011 15:35:00 GMT -5
Mel you can get Keoughs pension records but the kicker is the National Archives raised the price from 10 dollars to 75 dollars to search and copy records . Plus it must be done online with credit card. Also a big thing is someone had to apply for a pension on the deceased for there to be a file on them. A surviving wounded soldier could file for his own pension. I was really Po when I found out that Sgt Major Kennedy AKA Thomas A Tibbs family never filed for his pension till I found out they never knew he died till ten years after his death. By then most were dead and no one filed. In Keoughs case only a wife or surviving parent or if he had children the childrens guardian could file a pension as long as they were 16 years or younger. The military records tell you nothing its the pension records that have soldiers affidavits and death information. My one CivilWar ancestors pension papers are over 100 pages. Kellys are over 30 pages. Once Kellys widow married Sgt Curtis she lost her right to his pension but his 3 children received the pension till they all turned 16 even though their mother had remarried.
The argument had to do with whether or not Keogh had ever claimed to have been in Algeria--which he apparently never was. We finally sent somebody to the National Archives in person, and no evidence was found that Keogh ever made such a claim. Luce said in Keogh, Comanche and Custer that he had been in Algeria in the French Foreign Legion, but the confusion may have arisen from the fact that LaMoriciere, his commanding officer in the Papal Army, had just come from there. The Luce book is interesting, but not that factual--he claims Keogh and DeRudio served together in Italy, when in fact they were on different sides. I suspect something like a game of "Telephone," where statements get changed as they go from person to person--"Oh, yeah, Keogh and DeRudio were both in Italy at that time," and Luce just figured that meant they served together. Or something.