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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1838

Vol. I

(Born Mis.)

Ripley A. Arnold

(Ap'd Mis.)


Born Jan. 18, 1817.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1834, to July 1, 1838, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 1, 1838.

Served: in the Florida War, 1839; on Recruiting service, 1839‑40; in the Florida War, 1839‑40, 1841‑42, being engaged against the Seminole

(First Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Feb. 1, 1841)

Indians, in the Rout of Halleck Tustennuggee's Band in the Big Hammock of Pilaklikaha, Apr. 19, 1842; in garrison at Baton Rouge,

(Bvt. Captain, Apr. 19, 1842,
for Gallant Conduct in the War against the Florida Indians)

La., 1842‑43; on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup, La., 1843‑44, 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845; on Recruiting service, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — and in Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846; on

(Bvt. Major, May 9, 1846, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, Tex.)

 p723  (Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, May 11, 1846, to Mar. 10, 1847)

Recruiting service, 1847‑48; on frontier duty on march from the Rio

(Captain, 2d Dragoons, Aug. 18, 1847)

Grande to Ft. Graham, Tex., 1848‑49, — Ft. Worth, Tex., 1849‑51, — Ft. Graham, Tex., 1851, — Scouting, 1851, — Ft. Graham, Tex., 1851‑52, — Ft. Worth, Tex., 1852, — and Ft. Graham, Tex., 1852; on detached service at Washington, D. C., 1852‑53; and on frontier duty at Ft. Graham, Tex., 1853.

Murdered, Sep. 6, 1853, at Ft. Graham, Tex.: Aged 36.

Buried, Pioneers Rest Cemetery,​a Fort Worth, TX.

Thayer's Note:

a The page at Find-a‑Grave linked here is of interest on at least two accounts: it gives the circumstances of Capt. Arnold's death, and the inscription on the attractive commemorative plaque credits him with the founding of Fort Worth.

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