Captain Myles Keogh


Myles Keogh lost his life at the Little Big Horn
A long ways from Carlow, the place he was born
After the battle, the were counting the dead
When the came to Myles Keogh, this red indian he said

This man (Myles Keogh) rode a horse with feathered white feet
He was a brave man, he was hard to defeat
His men rallied round him, the all knew the drill
But the all died together on last stand hill

Myles Keogh, a commander at Custer’s last stand
When thousands of indians swamped over the land
Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Lakota, Cheyenne
The great seventh Cavalry, the soon over ran
Chorus – Myles Keogh …..

The only thing living, the only thing found
Was Keogh’s horse, Comanche alive on the ground
They all stepped together to the great garryowen
Now their memory forever is engraved there in stone
Chorus – Myles Keogh ……


The song was written by Richie Kavanagh

Myles Keogh was born in Orchard House, Leighlinbridge, County Carlow on 25 March 1840. In 1860, he responded to a call by the Catholic clergy for to the defence  of Pope Pius IX, who appointed him second lieutenant in the Battalion of St. Patrick in Rome. From there, he was recruited into the Union army that was fighting the American Civil War.   He served as a cavalry officer during the Gettysburg Campaign. After the war, he remained in the regular United States Army as commander of Company I in the 7th Cavalry Regiment under George Armstrong Custer.  He died along with Custer and all of his men at the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876.  Keogh’s horse, Comanche, is considered the only military survivor of the battle, though several other badly wounded horses were found and destroyed at the scene. Comanche died on November 7, 1891, believed to be 29 years old at the time. He is one of only two horses in United States history to be given a military funeral with full military honours.

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Myles Keogh

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With General Bulford in 1863


Comanchee at Little Big Horn commemoration