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 rare image . . . from the look of these soldiers this is a late civil War photo of a battle-hardened company. A company would have started with around 100 men, there were no replacements. After a hard campaign between caualties and disease this is what might be left . . .