Dennis M. Keesee, is a life long resident of the Buckeye State, and owns perhaps the most extensive Union boy-soldier photography and memorabilia collection in the United States. More than 100 images from his collection are among the 213 illustrating his book Too Young To Die: Boy Soldiers of the Union Army 1861-1865, published by Blue Acorn Press of Huntington, West Virginia. Images and manuscript material in the Keesee collection have been showcased in a number of books including Wee Warriors and Playtime Patriots for which Keesee wrote the introduction. He has written numerous articles for several historical publications and is well respected in the field.

Dennis M. Keesee lives in New Albany, Ohio with wife Teresa and children: Corey, Rachel and Megan. He is a restaurateur employed in the family business.


Starting soon after Too Young To Die’s 2001 publication, Keesee has been in great demand as a speaker. His lively presentations have been well received at a variety of venues, including:

  • ¬†Ohio Historical Society’s 2001 Veterans Day, Columbus, Ohio
  • Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Greystone’s History Books 2001 and 2003, Gettysburg Pennsylvania
  • National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Chickamauga National Military Park, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
  • Joshua Chamberlain Civil War Round Table, Brunswick, Maine
  • American Veterans that Enlisted Underage 2002 Reunion, Peoria, Illinois
  • Conference on local history, Bowling Green State University
  • Otterbein College honors history students workshop, Westerville, Ohio
  • Public Libraries include: Columbus Metropolitan, Newark Public- two presentations, Clark County Public-two presentations, Knox County, and Westerville Public to list a few

See some feedback on Dennis Keesee’s book signings, lectures and presentations