Fort McKeen, infantry post, was established in June, 1872. Fort McKeen was named in the tradition of the day, that is, named in honor of someone really important in the military or politics. This particular fort was named to commemorate Colonel H. Boyd McKeen who led the 81st Pennsylvania Volunteers. Colonel McKeen lost his life at the Battle of Cold Harbor in the Civil War.
A new regiment was formed as part of the Childers reforms on 1 July 1881 by the amalgamation of the 71st (Highland) Light Infantry and the 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot as the city regiment of Glasgow to be known as the Highland Light Infantry.
At the end of the Civil War, Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, was captured and imprisoned for 2 years. Prior to this, Davis was a Democratic Senator from Mississippi. In 1870, the State of Mississippi filled Davis' vacant post with Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican. Revels was the first black senator in American history yet no one knows his name.
Fucile di Fanteria, Modello 1870/87 Vetterli-Vitali Manufactured by the kingdom of Italy, converted from the earlier 1870 Vetterli military rifle using Artillery Captain G. Vitali’s system. 10.4x47Rmm blackpowder cartridge, 4-rounds fixed-box magazine, bolt action.
Memorial Day, takes place the last Monday of May, honoring members of the American military, that have passed on. The holiday originated soon after the Civil War, when the Grand Army of the Republic, (GAR) established the holiday in c.1868 - leading up to the Gilded Age era, in America. It was known then as, "Decoration Day". ~ This c.1870s postcard image, (with the GAR star symbol), depicts an elderly veteran who is visiting the graves of his fellow veteran's, to honor their memory…