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    Founder of Fort Worth

    Ripley A. Arnold Autograph Letter Signed "R A Arnold." One page, 8" x 10", Austin, December 7, 1848. Ripley Arnold (1817-1853), a native of Mississippi, graduated from the U. S. Military Academy in 1834 and was stationed in Florida where he participated in the Seminole War. He was promoted to captain (and breveted a major) during the Mexican War, participating in the Battles of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, Monterrey, Molino del Rey, and the capture of Mexico City.

    Following the war, he was given command of Co. "F," Second Dragoons, and was stationed near Austin, Texas, where he penned this letter to N. N. Wilkinson, cashier at the New Orleans Canal & Banking Company. He writes, in part: "Please find enclosed the first Bill of Exchange No 101 for Ninety Dollars payable to your order, which I beg you to place to my credit. You will find my Signature in your Book in the early part of November 1847...from time to time I propose forwarding you money." A holographic postscript follows signed a second time with initials: "I am stationed in this immediate vicinity. RAA." Smoothed folds with some light toning. Small ink smudge at bottom left. Else fine.

    Early in 1849, he was ordered to North Texas to find a suitable location for a military outpost near the confluence of the West and Clear Forks of the Trinity River. On June 6, 1849, he established Camp Worth, named for his former commander, General William J. Worth. Camp Worth was eventually renamed Fort Worth. Arnold was ordered to Fort Graham in 1851 and was killed in a gunfight with Josephus Steiner. Originally buried at Fort Graham, he was later brought to Fort Worth and buried with his daughters.

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