Custer had no connection with Ireland, but a large percentage of the 7th Cavalry that he led to slaughter at the Little Big Horn, June 25 1876 were Irish. At least 34 of the 268 soldiers killed were Irish-born including Captain Myles Keogh from County Carlow. Keogh served with distinction in the Union army during the civil war being commended for actions at Gettysburg where he received a battlefield promotion. It is estimated that about 25% of the 7th Cavalry were of Irish extraction.
Photo: Myles Keogh on left. Seated is General John Buford, Keogh’s commanding office at Gettysburg.