This image is one of the most misidentified photographs published about the Civil War. Usually referred to as ‘young Confederates off to war’ it actually shows members of Company A, First Virginia Infantry, the “Richmond Grays,” at John Brown’s execution in 1859. The Valentine Museum
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.