An Obituary for Major Reno

Richard S. Wheeler

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Major Marcus Reno is a controversal figure, a man accused of being responsible for the worst disaster ever to befall the army of the United States. He had been one of George Armstrong Custer's senior officers when Custer and over 200 men in his command were annihilated by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors above the Little Big Horn River in Montana Territory.
While declared by his superiors innocent of wrong-doing in the terrible battle, Marcus Reno's honor -the most precious word in his vocabulary - was blackened in the press and by his fellow officers and other Custer idolators.

For thirteen years Reno has lived with this stain on his reputation. Now, with time running out, suffering from painful cancer, Reno wants his honor restored. He arranges to give a final newspaper interview to New York Herald correspondent Joseph Richler. Richler, captivated by this officer and gentleman, promises the dying Major that he will write the whole story of Reno's conduct in battle and its aftermath.
Richler learns that Reno was tortured by the death of his beloved wife, hell-bent toward self-destruction by alcohol, and plagued by a peculiar dual personality -- decisive and in control on the battlefield, yet unable to win the respect of his fellow officers.

In An Obituary for Major Reno, Richard S. Wheeler, a master of the biographical novel, provides a brilliant reconstruction of the Custer battle and Marcus Reno's subsequent courts martial for "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman," and brings to life a beleaguered man and his search to restore his lost honor.

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An Obituary For Major Reno
PART ONE1889Being an Account of Major Reno's RequestCHAPTER ONE 
 
RICHLER DIDNT WANT TO INTERVIEW RENO, THE COWARD, REPROBATE, and whiner, but newspaper correspondents don't always have a choice. Bennett had cabled Richler from Paris, which is where the great man ran the New York Herald these days, and that was command enough. Do it or turn in his press card and cease scribbling for the greatest paper on earth.The Herald's ace Washington correspondent Joseph Richler made his way through a bitter March rain to a nondescript redbrick neighborhood north

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"Wheeler is a master storyteller.. whose many tales of the Westward Movement...weaves fact, fiction, and folklore into pure entertainment." --Library Journal

"A riveting re-creation of the tragic final years of an American legend."
- Booklist on Eclipse

"Wheeler brings readers a stunningly told and hitherto incomplete story of the tragic final chapter in the life of Meriwether Lewis, one of American history's most famous and lasting characters." -The Denver Post on Eclipse

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Richard S. Wheeler

Richard S. Wheeler is author of fifty novels of the American West. He is recipient of four Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement in Western literature from Western Writers of America, Inc. He lives in Livingston, Montana

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An Obituary for Major Reno
Richard S. Wheeler

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Forge Books
November 2005
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ISBN: 9781429940337
ISBN10: 1429940336
320 pages
$7.99
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