I'm also delighted that Elisabeth - whom I consider an international expert on Keogh's life and times - has agreed to help and contribute. There is so much to write about the man, his life and all associated with him, that this will be an ongoing labour of love. Feel free to pop in regularly as it will be updated as often as possible. We'll get to Custer and the 7th cavalry soon...
Similarly if you have any issues with what is posted, factual or otherwise, or if there is something about Keogh that you wish published, send me a personal message.
I'm hoping, with family contacts here in Ireland, to discover or confirm facts about his early years - pre 1863 - of which little is published and post this information on the site. A small bit about his early schooling in Carlow is up already.
Last Edit: Oct 21, 2008 16:26:35 GMT -5 by doyle1876
Great job on the Keogh website, Robert. I enjoyed it immensely. One minor correction tho....in the group photo at Fort Lincoln you identify the rather large Indian standing on the porch of the Custer home as his famous scout 'Bloody Knife'. This has been a misidentification for many years. He is not Bloody Knife. I cannot recall the name of this Lakota Indian, but he stood close to 7 foot tall. Bloody Knife stood only 5'7".
Any chance that the officers may have being playing a prank by getting the NA scout to stand on a box? He seems closer to 8 feet tall! Would not surprise me if it was a Custer prank to show the folks back east that they were fighting not men but giants...
Speaking of pranks, Keogh seems to have taken Miss Wadsworth's fan at the last minute judging by the expression on her face. That was a good spot, Melani - I never noticed it before you mentioned it.
Last Edit: Oct 22, 2008 3:36:02 GMT -5 by doyle1876
Many thanks, Highway. I had not seen that Louisville picture before. Keogh was posted in Taylor Barracks, Louisville in 1872 up until December when Company I was posted to Lebanon, Kentucky (soon after arriving Comanche got wounded in a skirmish with it's namesake tribe).
I think that it may have been taken in the same sitting as this more commonly known one;
This picture was taken in 1872 with Keogh in the new dress uniform - just issued that year.
Last Edit: Oct 22, 2008 10:08:16 GMT -5 by doyle1876
Website updated including a superb article by Elisabeth on Keogh myths.
And not a dark cloud in the sky...
That is a wonderful article written by the grand dame of 'Keoghology'....and you are right, nary a dark cloud in sight to overshadow the enlightening rays of wisdom that shine forth so boldly to expose the falsehoods of ignorance that have surrounded and obscured the true facts surrounding the legacy of Colonel Myles Keogh.
"The more I see of movement here (Little Big Horn Battlefield), the more I have admiration for Custer, and I am satisfied his like will not be found very soon again.”
~ Gen. Nelson Miles, Commanding General of the Army ------
"With our cherished ones deliverance within our grasp we waited breathless two hours, for the order that never came."