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.
Confederate Cap Worn by a North Carolinian Killed in Action. This exceedingly rare chasseur pattern cap belonged to Private J. Austin Craven, a 29-year-old farmer who served in Company G, 46th North Carolina Volunteer Infantry. The Randolph County native enlisted in April, 1862 and was killed during the Battle of Cold Harbor in June, 1864.
Today's picture shows General Ulysses S. Grant in camp at Cold Harbor. It was on this day, June 3, in the year 1864 that the Battle of Cold Harbor was fought. Union casualties were more than 8,000 men in one two hour period.