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Civil War Soldiers - Reno
|Reno, Jesse L., major-general, U.S.
Army, was born in Wheeling, Va., June 20, 1823. He was graduated at
the United States military academy in 1846 and served with distinction
during the Mexican war, where he took part in the siege of Vera Cruz,
the battles of Cerro Gordo, Contreras and Churubusco, and the storming
of Chapultepec, where he was severely wounded. For gallantry at Cerro
Gordo he was brevetted 1st lieutenant and for services at Chapultepec,
captain. He was promoted 1st lieutenant in 1853 and captain in 1860,
the interval between the Mexican and Civil wars being employed as
assistant professor at the military academy, on topographical duty, as
a member of various boards and in command of arsenals. He commanded
Mt. Vernon arsenal, Ala., from 1859 until its seizure by the
Confederates in Jan., 1861, and the arsenal at Leavenworth, Kan., from
February until December of that year. He was appointed
brigadier-general of volunteers on Nov. 12, and commanded a brigade in
Gen. Burnside's expedition to North Carolina, participating in the
capture of Roanoke island, the battle of New Berne, and the action at
Camden. From April to Aug., 1862, he commanded a division in the
Department of North Carolina, was promoted major-general of
volunteers, July 18, 1862, and took part in the movement to Newport
News and the Rappahannock in August. He commanded the 9th corps in the
northern Virginia campaign, from August to September, engaging at
Manassas and Chantilly, and also at South mountain in the Maryland
campaign. He was killed at South mountain, Sept. 14, 1862, while
gallantly leading an assault.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908