150 years ago today - Keogh joins the Union Army

After being reunited with Joseph O'Keeffe in Manhattan, Myles Keogh, Daniel Keily and O'Keeffe made haste for Washington. On April 9 1862, the three Irishmen received confirmation of their commission to the rank of captain. Captain Keogh was officially posted, along with Captain O'Keeffe, to John C. Fremont's staff before being seconded to the staff of General James Shields, operating in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Captain Keily would join them in Virginia within a week.

General Shields' forces were about to confront the Confederate army of Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley. From the old world to the new, the three young Irish officers were about to go to war again...



Taken on or just after April 9, 1862, this is the first known photgraph of Myles Keogh in his new Union captain's uniform. Hanging from his chest are his Papal medals.