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FORT RINGGOLD

Starr County, South Texas
US 83

Rio Grande City

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
The Lee House, Fort Ringgold, Texas
Photos courtesy George Benoit
The Lee House
Now occupied by the Rio Grande City Independent School District, this Fort (founded in 1848 after the Mexican War was over), served as a base for protection forces during periods of bandit raids in the Border area. Named after Major David Ringgold.

Family in Fort Ringgold:

The name of the family that lived in Fort Ringgold was my family the Alberto Gallardo family. My grandfather was a security guard and bus-driver for many years. We would often stay on the "campo" and had the entire fort as our playground. We would play in the buses parked in front of my grandparents home. It has now been dedicated to our family. I attended the dedication and it was a great honor. - Cecilia Gallardo-Garza, September 29, 2010
1936 centennial Marker -
US 83, Fort Ringgold main entrance, Rio Grande City

Fort Ringgold

Established October 26, 1848, at Davis Landing by Capt. J.H. La Motte, 1st U.S. Infantry, as Ringgold Barracks. Named in honor of Brevet Major David Ringgold, 4th U.S. Artillery, who died of wounds received at Palo Alto, May 8, 1846. Troops were withdrawn March 3, 1859. Reoccupied December 29, 1859. Abandoned in 1861. Reoccupied by U.S. troops in June 1865. General Robert E. Lee passed a few days here in 1856 and in 1860.

Historical Marker - At Fort main entrance, Rio Grande City

Fort Ringgold, C.S.A.

Occupied early in Civil War by Texas Confederates under Col. John S. Ford. Vital in chain of posts used to defend the 2,000 mile Texas frontier, coastline and border always threatened by attacks from Indians, bandits and Federal troops. Cols. Ford, August Buchel and Santos Benavides had troops here from time to time to scout the river, defend ranches and guard wagons trading cotton for war supplies in neutral Mexico. Taken in November 1863 by 1st Texas Union Cavalry. Retaken May 1864 by Ford and used as base to recapture Brownsville.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
1965

Fort Ringgold and Environs >
The Sgt Roy Chamberlain Collection, c. 1918:
Civilian Streets, Buildings and Landscapes (10 Images)
Military Buildings (4 Images)
Trucks and Equipment (6 Images)
Photos of Sgt Chamberlain, himself. (5 Images)
Barrack in Fort Ringgold Texas
Photo courtesy Jim Gesler
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