Shortly after the out break of the American Civil War, Carlow's soldier of
fortune joined the Federal Army, took part in 80 battles, was decorated many
times while being wounded only once. While in his mid twenties, he acted as a
commander of 3 000 cavalry men with the rank of Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel.
Later he joined the peace time army as a captain and found himself in the
7th US Cavalry Regiment under the leadership of Lieutenant-Colonel George
In the Summer of 1876, the centenary of American Independence, a large scale campaign was waged against the Sioux, Cheyenne and other Indian nations in what is now the states of Montana and North and South Dakota. It was in the valley of the Little Big Horn, a desolate plain, that the Indians won the last battle to protect their inheritance over General Custer's forces, later known as Custer's Last Stand. Comanche, Keogh's horse and faithful servant for eight years was the only survivor on the battle field. It is said that all of the bodies were scalped and mutilated except those of General Custer and Myles Keogh
Sioux accounts of the battle indicate the great efforts made by one cavalry officer to rally his men. The Sioux chief, Red Horse speaking of the battle in 1881 referred to an officer who rode a horse with four white feet.... The Sioux say this man was the bravest they had ever fought.
So highly was Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Myles Keogh regarded in the Army of the United States of America that a new fort close to the battlefield was named fort Keogh in his honour. No longer a military post, fort Keogh is now a US research station..
You can see a larger picture (72K) of Myles Keogh here.
to RTC CarlowMN 30th May 1995