Dashing, gallant soldier . . .
Myles Walter Keogh was born to be a soldier… the young Irish lad, stricken by the poverty of the Potato Famine, sought adventure and glory on the battlefield. At the urging of the Catholic clergy young Keogh enlisted in the Papal army of Pious IX. As a member of the Company of St. Patrick, Vatican Guards, Keogh was cited for gallantry by the Papacy three times. When American clergymen came to Europe to recruit members of the Papal army for the Union cause, Keogh enlisted right away.
Fighting with distinction in the… Shenandoah valley, Keogh caught the notice of the Union high command. George McClellan remarked, “a most gentlemanlike man, of soldierly appearance,” whose “record had been remarkable for the short time he had been in the army.” Keogh fought with some of the Union cavalry’s hardest hitting units, including the division of General John…
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