Half sheet of lined paper, 13 x 19 cm., signed by James Parker, and docketed on verso. In a brief hand-written note, approx. 30 words, Parker requests that Col. Jas. W. Nicholls "on sight pay to the order of S. Berkson & Co. Five Dollars Currency for amt balance due me by you on amt left on my last trip to Brownsville...." Item #67356
Ringgold Barracks (also known as Camp Ringgold) was located near Rio Grande City on land leased from Henry Clay Davis, the founder of the town. It served to guard the border and citizens in the area from the time of the Mexican War. In the mid-1870s a new post was constructed on the site of the original installation, giving it more permanent structures. The army purchased the property from Davis' heirs and renamed it Fort Ringgold in 1878.