Marcus A Reno(1834 - 1889)
Home State: Illinois
Command Billet: Commanding Detachment
Branch of Service: Cavalry
Unit: Companies B, C, H, & I, 1st United States Cavalry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Capt Reno was an 1857 graduate of the USMA at West Point. He served in the 1st US Cavalry Regiment in the Pacific Northwest
In the Antietam Campaign:
Capt Reno was in command of Companies B, C, H, and I of the 1st US Cavalry, serving as the Quartermaster's Guard, at Headquarters, Army of the Potomac.
The remainder of the War:
In the action at Kelly's Ford, Virginia, 17 March, 1863, where he was wounded, he was brevetted major for gallant and meritorious conduct, He was also present at Cold Harbor and Trevillian Station, and at Cedar Creek on 19 October. 1864, when he was brevetted lieutenant-colonel. From January till July, 1865, as colonel of the 12th Pennsylvania cavalry, he was in command of a brigade and encountered Mosby's guerillas at Harmony, Virginia.
After the War:
After serving as assistant instructor of infantry tactics in the US Military Academy, and in the Freedmen's bureau at New Orleans, he was assigned to duty in the west.
In 1868 he was made a major in the Seventh Cavalry under the command of George Armstrong Custer, and took part in Custer's 1874 expedition through the Black Hills. He was with George A. Custer 2 years later at the Batlle of Little Big Horn. Says PBS ...
As the officer in charge of the only unit to survive the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Marcus Reno has remained a subject of controversy for more than a century.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889
More on the Web:
See a PBS Piece on his role at Little Big Horn, a more thorough bio on the Indian Wars discussion site (former discussuion topic, not found as of 17 May 2004).
|Birth Date: 11/15/1834 Place of Birth: Carrolton, IL |
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY Graduating Year: 1857
Death Date: 3/30/1889 Burial Place: Little Bighorn National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Mon
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