Details for Fort Ringgold, C.S.A. (Atlas Number 5427002013)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5427002013


Marker Number 2013
Atlas Number 5427002013
Marker Title Fort Ringgold, C.S.A.
Index Entry Fort Ringgold, C.S.A.
Address US 83 at Fort Ringgold grounds
City Rio Grande City
County Starr
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 519082
UTM Northing 2917450
Subject Codes hospitals; forts; Civil War; military topics
Marker Year 1965
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location At Fort main entrance on school grounds, Rio Grande City.
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text 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.