Historical Notes: Reno's Last Stand

For nearly a century, the name of Major Marcus Reno has been tainted with the suspicion that his cowardice was responsible for the massacre of Custer's Last Stand. Last week Manhattan Bartender Charles Reno, a grandnephew of the ill-fated cavalry officer, asked the Army to return the major to full rank and take his body from an unmarked grave in Washington for burial among his comrades at Custer Battlefield National Cemetery in Montana.

Reno, a West Point graduate, was second in command of the 7th Cavalry's 600 troopers on June 25, 1876, when...

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