Friday, September 16, 2011


CAPT. MARCUS D. TENNEY, farm and Pastor, of the Congregational Church of Junction City. He first settled in Lawrence, Kan., in October, 1858, preached in Bourbon, Linn and Johnson Counties until the opening of the Rebellion, when he enlisted as a private, August, 1861, in the Third Kansas Volunteer Infantry, serving in that regiment until January 15, 1862, then was transferred to Capt. Thomas Bickerton's Battery, and was made First Lieutenant. He had command of the Battery in all the battles of Locust Grove, Newtonia, Fort Wayne, Kane Hill, Prairie Grove and Van Buren; promoted to Captain of the First Kansas Battery July 20, 1863.

He then engaged in the pursuit of the Rebel, Gen. Morgan, through Indiana and Illinois. He was transferred to the Department of the Cumberland, October 23, 1863, and participated in the battle of Johnsonville, against the Rebel, Gen. Forrest, who sent word to the Captain, that he had the best battery in the field. He participated in the battle of Nashville, December, 1864, then was ordered to Chattanooga in February, 1865, to become a part of the Light Artillery Reserve Corps. under Maj. Mendenhall, and from there was ordered to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for discharge, July 17, 1865.

The Captain had command of ninety-five men during his service, and they received high honors for soldierly conduct, bravery and rapid firing while in action. After his discharge from the army, he went to Champaign County, Ill., and preached a year in the Methodist Episcopal Church; then returned to Johnson County, Kan., and preaching one and a half years; then went to Marshall County, Kan., and preached until 1879; then went to Washington County, Kan., preaching two years, and finally locating permanently in Junction City. He was born in Hillsboro, N. H., in 1826. Was married in St. Louis, Mo., March 29, 1848, to Miss F. E. Nichols, of Boston, Mass.; They have one son--Frank G. Captain Tenney has been commander of Clifton Post No. 24., of Clifton, Kan., G. A. R.; member of Masonic order, I. O. O. F., and Ancient Templars.

Numbers 5. Report of Colonel William Weer, Tenth Kansas Infantry, commanding Second Brigade, First Division.

Camp at Cane Hill, Ark., December 12, 1862.

First Kansas Battery, Lieutenant Marcus D. Tenney commanding, 96 men.

Lieutenant Tenney, with First Kansas Battery, on our right, saved us from destruction. Their firing was so rapid and well directed that the enemy was compelled to fall back, and we marched from the field in good order.

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