Major Ripley Arnold Monumental Statue Dedication Ceremony
In a Friday morning ceremony that was both moving and educational, Fort Worth reconnected with its past, honored its long and significant contributions to military history and finally paid tribute to its founder and a cherished modern-day leader.
On the banks of the Trinity River, below the bluff where the original Camp Worth was built, hundreds gathered for the unveiling of the 22-foot Major Ripley Allen Arnold Monument and the dedication of John V. McMillan Plaza.
Arnold, actually a brevet major, established a military post here 165 years ago on June 6, 1849, and named it for his former commander, Brevet Maj. Gen. Williams Jenkins Worth.
ARNOLD, RIPLEY ALLEN (1817–1853). Ripley Allen Arnold, United States Army officer, the son of Willis Arnold, was born at Pearlington, near Bay St. Louis, in Hancock County, Mississippi, on January 17, 1817, and was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1834.
Arnold was killed at Fort Graham on September 6, 1853, by Josephus Murray Steiner, in an exchange of shots. Arnold was first buried at Fort Graham, then disinterred and removed to Fort Worth, where he was buried in the Pioneer's Rest Cemetery, within a mile of old Fort Worth and near the graves of his two infant daughters. He was said to have received the first Masonic rites ever performed in Fort Worth. His diary and personal papers were destroyed by fire at the Fort Worth home of one of his granddaughters.
Several Dignitaries were in attendance at the dedication ceremony in addition to several local and historical associations. See Slide Show below: Among those in attendance: