Found a new interesting piece of information while researching for the website - as well as 'our' Myles Keogh, there also existed a Captain Miles Kehoe, union cavalry officer, posted with the 1st Missouri cavalry!
I wonder if he was anything more than a "clan relative?" While doing an ancestry.com search on our Myles Keogh, I found a guy by the same name and spelling who owned land in New York State. I immediately wondered if our Keogh had been planning some kind of retirement, given his connections in New York, but the date of birth was way different--if I remember, the New York Keogh was older. Once again, I wonder if there was any closer connection that the clan name?
Doubt it - This 'Miles Kehoe' was a captain in the Missouri volunteers almost since the inception of the war probably meaning he had a close connection with that state. Also, I have never read any reference to Miles in Keogh's personal letters and, as you know, Keogh was fond of making reference to or sending salutations to his relatives.
Can't help wonder if 'Missouri' Miles' dishonorable discharge on drunken behavior in January 1865 tarnished his Irish namesake's reputation especially since Myles Keogh was in Kentucky at that very time (the fire which caused his Papal medals to be lost occurred in Kentucky that month).
Any historian in later years doing research on Myles Keogh, 7th cavalry, may have asked questions about his time in the southern states and been informed that Captain Miles Kehoe, Union cavalry officer was a drunk and an alcoholic - fits the Irish stereotype and on the natural presumption that there was hardly two Miles Kehoes! We now know different...
Last Edit: Jan 16, 2009 19:14:15 GMT -5 by doyle1876