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Marcus Albert Reno
Birth: Nov. 15, 1834
Carrollton
Greene County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 30, 1889
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. As Major of the 7th United States Cavalry, he was the senior surviving officer from the Battle of the Little Big Horn, in which General George A. Custer and most of the 7th Cavalry were killed. Born in Carrollton, Illinois, the 4th of 7 children, where his father managed a hotel inn, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1857. During the Civil War, he served first as a Captain in the 1st United States Regular Cavalry before being assigned to staff positions. After serving as Chief of Staff to Brig, General William F "Baldy" Smith, as acting Assistant Inspector General on the staff of Brig. General Alfred T.A. Torbert, and as Chief of Staff of the Army of the Shenandoah Cavalry Corps, he was promoted to Colonel and commander of the 12th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry. On March 13, 1865 he was brevetted Brigadier general, US Volunteers for "meritorious services during the war". Following the Civil War, he returned to his rank of Major, and was assigned to the 7th Cavalry in 1871. In the summer of 1876, he took part in a 3 column attack on the Sioux Indians, camped in Montana, in which Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer was killed, along with almost 60 percent of the 7th Cavalry in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, June 25, 1876. Major Reno became the senior surviving officer, and is credited with saving what was left of the 7th Cavalry from destruction. Following the battle, he assumed acting command and participated in the remaining campaign, until returning to Fort Lincoln in September 1876. In 1879, a Court of Inquiry cleared him of any charges of dereliction of duty, although many people believed him to be guilty of cowardice, and his career suffered for it. In 1880, he was court-martialed for conduct unbecoming an officer, and dishonorably dismissed from the service. He died in 1889, after many attempts to be reinstated. In 1967, an Army Board of Review reexamined the Court Martial and reversed the dishonorable discharge to honorable. His remains, which had been interred in an unmarked grave in Washington, DC's Glenwood Cemetery, were re-interred into the Little Bighorn National Cemetery, to be with the men of the 7th Cavalry. (additional info by Russ Dodge) (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
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  Mary Hannah Ross Reno (1843 - 1874)*
 
 Children:
  Robert Ross Reno (1866 - 1913)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Custer National Cemetery
Crow Agency
Big Horn County
Montana, USA
Plot: Section C, Grave 675
 
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Originally Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
Record added: Oct 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5816684
Marcus Albert Reno
Added by: Kit and Morgan Benson
 
Marcus Albert Reno
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Marcus Albert Reno
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Ordered to attack the southern end of the Indian village at the Little Bighorn, you lost your main Indian scout, Bloody Knife. With his brains blown onto your face, you became confused, and the overwhelming Indian warriors drove you to cover. You and Be...(Read more)
- PPalaciosJr, part Apache
 Added: Aug. 27, 2014
God bless you throughout the Summer, the season of life at its fullest. Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Jul. 8, 2014
God bless you on Independence Day (early), and thank you for your service. Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Jul. 2, 2014
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