Major General Jesse Lee Reno - Powning Veterans Memorial Park - Reno, NV
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 39° 31.409 W 119° 48.706
11S E 258309 N 4378646
Quick Description: This sign of history is monumented on a large boulder within Powland Veterans Memorial Park that makes up the base for a statue of Civil War hero General Jesse Lee Reno, whom this city is named after.
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 12/20/2013 8:20:07 PM
Waymark Code: WMJQXY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Visitors to Powning Veterans Memorial Park will definitely notice this large granite boulder that serves as a base for a lifelike sculpture of Major General Jesse Lee Reno. There is a bronze plaque monumented on the back side of the boulder that reads:

IN 1868

LAKE'S CROSSING, A GROWING COMMUNITY
ALONG THE TRUCKEE RIVER IN NORTHERN
NEVADA, WAS PARCELED INTO
A PROPER TOWN SITE BY
THE CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD.
THE RAILROAD NAMED THE TOWN RENO,
TO HONOR

MAJOR JESSE LEE RENO

BORN APRIL 20, 1823 IN
WHEELING, VIRGINIA,
RENO GRADUATED 8TH IN HIS CLASS
OF 59 AT WEST POINT.
HE SERVED IN THE BATTLES OF VERA CRUZ,
EL TELEGRAFO, CERRO GORDO,
CONTRERAS, CHURUBUSCO, MEXICO CITY,
AND CHAPULTEPEC IN THE MEXICAN WAR,
DURING WHICH HE WAS TWICE PROMOTED
FOR HIS BRAVERY AND LEADERSHIP.

IN 1853, HE MARRIED MARY BRADLEY
BEANES CROSS. THE COUPLE HAD FOUR
SONS AND ONE DAUGHTER.

DURING THE U.S. CIVIL WAR, GENERAL
RENO AND HIS TROOPS DEFENDED OUR
NATION'S CAPITAL, POSSIBLY SAVING IT
FROM INVASION BY CONFEDERATE FORCES.

ON SEPTEMBER 14, 1862 RENO
COMMANDED THE IX CORPS AT THE
BATTLE OF SOUTH MOUNTAIN. ASTRIDE
HIS HORSE, LEADING HIS TROOPS IN
BATTLE, RENO WAS FATALLY SHOT BY
CONFEDERATE SHARPSHOOTERS.
AT THE BATTLE OF ANTIETAM THREE DAYS
LATER, HIS TROOPS' BATTLE WAS

"REMEMBER RENO!"

"FOR HIS HIGH CHARACTER AND THE
KINDLY QUALITIES OF HIS HEART IN
PRIVATE LIFE, AS WELL AS FOR HIS
MILITARY GENIUS AND PERSONAL DARING
WHICH MARKED HIM AS A SOLDIER, HIS
LOSS WILL BE DEPLORED BY ALL WHO
KNEW HIM."
GENERAL AMBROSE BURNSIDE

THIS BRONZE MONUMENT:DEDICATED IN 2006,
IS SUPPORTED BY A GRANITE BOULDER THAT
WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE RAIL TRENCH, THE
CITY OF RENO'S LARGEST CIVIC PROJECT, THE
RAIL TRENCH WAS DEDICATED IN 2005.

There is much to see and appreciate within this veterans park, so be sure to pause and reflect on all the monuments and memorials.

Group that erected the marker: Multiple Donors

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Powning Veterans Memorial Park
Reno, NV USA


URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: Not listed

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