Jesse L. Reno (War Hero)
Jesse L. Reno

Jesse Lee Reno was a career United States Army officer who served in the Mexican–American War, in the Utah War, on the western frontier and as a Union General during the American Civil War from West Virginia. Known as a “soldier’s soldier” who fought alongside his men, he was killed while commanding a corps at Fox’s Gap during the Battle of South Mountain. Reno, Nevada; Reno County, Kansas; Reno, Ohio; El Reno, Oklahoma; Reno, Pennsylvania; Fort Reno; and Fort Reno Park in Washington, D.C. were named after him.

Born: April 20, 1823, Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia)
Died: September 14, 1862, near Boonsboro, Maryland
Place of burial: Oak Hill Cemetery (Washington, D.C.)
Allegiance: United States, Union
Service/branch: United States Army, Union Army
Years of service: 1846–1862
Rank: Major General
Commands held: Mount Vernon Arsenal, IX Corps
Battles/wars: Mexican–American War, American Civil War, Burnside’s North Carolina Expedition, Battle of Roanoke Island, Battle of New Bern, Battle of South Mills, Northern Virginia Campaign, Maryland Campaign, Battle of South Mountain (DOW)

About Jesse L. Reno

Civil War Union general who fought and was killed in the Battle of South Mountain.

Before Fame

He commanded an artillery battery during the Mexican American War and took part in the 1847 Battle of Veracruz.


His name was given to Reno City, Nevada, as well as to El Reno in Oklahoma and Reno County in Kansas.

Family Life

He was born in Wheeling, Virginia, and grew up with seven siblings.


Once a classmate and friend of Stonewall Jackson, he found himself on the opposite side of the American Civil War.

Information related to Jesse L. Reno

  • History of Reno, Nevada
  • Burials at Oak Hill Cemetery
  • People of West Virginia in the American Civil War
  • Union military personnel killed in the American Civil War
  • Military personnel from West Virginia
  • American military personnel of the Mexican–American War

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Latest information about Jesse L. Reno updated on September 13, 2020.

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