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    Myles Keogh: Autograph Letter Signed to his Brother Sam, Boasting of His Appointment to the Regular Army, October 27, 1866. Keogh puts himself in company with the three Civil War major generals who likewise garnered post-war appointments to the 7th Cavalry as the three ranking officers of the regiment. They are Col. Andrew Jackson Smith (1815-1897), "one of our most distinguished Major Generals;" Lt. Col. George A. Custer, "the Cavalry Genl;" and Major Alfred Gibbs (1823-1868), "another Cavalry Genl." In a second reference comparing himself to the famous Custer, Keogh writes: "This is for one of my age almost unprecedented in the Regular Army - with probably the exception of Genl Custer & one or two others in higher grades."

    Much of the letter concerns itself with family business, including the obligation he feels to pay off his sister's dowry. At the end, he signs twice. First, simply as "your brother/M. W. Keogh;" and again, boldly, after a postscript, "Capt. M. W. Keogh/ 7th U.S. Cavalry/ Fort Riley/ Kansas."

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