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    Miles Keogh: The Personal Carte de Visite Album of this Key Little Bighorn Character, Including Three Scarce Images of Keogh Himself. Miles Keogh was in Irish Catholic who gained military experience, along with many of his countrymen, by volunteering in 1860 to serve in the army defending Pope Pius IX in the conflicts which wracked Italy. His service there ended in 1862, by which time the American Civil War was raging, and the Union was actively seeking to recruit experienced officers from Europe. Keogh arrived in New York in April of that year and was quickly commissioned a captain in the Federal army. He distinguished himself and was requested as an aide by Gen. George McClellan, on whose staff he served at the time of Antietam.

    He would perform with distinction throughout the war, rising to the rank of major. Major General John M. Scofield, who became U.S. Secretary of War and Commanding General of the U.S. Army, wrote of Keogh: "He was one of the most gallant and efficient young cavalry officers I have ever known. "

    After the War Miles Keogh was commissioned a captain in the 7th Cavalry and commanded Company I of that legendary unit until he and his comrades perished with Custer at Little Bighorn in 1876. In 1868 he acquired a new mount which was to serve him until Little Bighorn- Comanche, who would long be celebrated as the only survivor of that epic battle. Comanche, who recovered from his extensive Little Bighorn wounds, lived until 1890, serving as the regimental mascot of the 7th. He was one of the two U.S. military horses ever buried with full military honors.

    Keogh, who never married, was known to be fond of drink and the ladies, and in some accounts is credited with having introduced the popular barroom song which would be forever identified with Custer and the 7th Cavalry - Garryowen.

    Photos and artifacts of Miles Keogh are rare and highly sought among Custer and Little Bighorn enthusiasts. This remarkable CDV album contains three of Keogh himself, plus those of some sixty associates and family members (please see the lot presentation on our website for a full listing). Included are eighteen fellow cavalry officers of the 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Cavalry (nine images), as well as a number of Union Civil War participants. One notable non-military portrait is that of the wife of Major Benteen, another key Little Bighorn figure.

    Virtually all the CDVs are identified in Keogh's rarely-encountered hand. Unfortunately, he apparently saw no need to identify himself on his own images, so they are unsigned. Two of the Keogh images are scarce, but known post-Civil War military poses. The third is a rare image of Keogh with friends on Lookout Mountain in Georgia, taken in 1865. This lot also contains an additional twenty-eight CDVs of Keogh relations, many identified, which are not mounted in the album. Both album and CDV images are in very fine condition. A rare and important find for the serious collector or institution.

    To view scans of every photo included in this lot, please click here.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    10th Sunday
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