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Comment by Dave Gettman on October 4, 2010 at 1:12pm
He's buried at the Pioneer's Rest Cemetery in Fort Worth. It's the oldest cemetery in the city, and the first recorded burials were 11 troopers who died at the fort between 1849-1850, and Albert's two children in 1850.

Speaking of F Troop, I bought an old but in new condition book on eBay years ago titled F TROOP - THE REAL ONE, and signed by the author who was a horse trooper in the 2d Cavalry during it's final years and transition to mechanized.

It was a good book but you could tell the author had lost a little over the years. I donated the book to the 2d Cav museum after I read it and have never been able to find another one.
Comment by Michael Asahina on October 4, 2010 at 12:45pm
It that Like "F" Troop for real.....
Wonder if the tombstone still can be found?
Comment by Dave Gettman on October 4, 2010 at 12:41pm
It was Company F under Major Ripley Arnold that established Fort Worth in June 1849.

The "monument" I "discovered" was actually a photo of Major Arnold's tombstone with a plaque portraying the 2d Dragoons founding Fort Worth, displayed in the Regiment's 119th anniversary book from 1955.
Comment by Michael Asahina on October 4, 2010 at 12:14pm
I recall a story about Company A founding the fort on the Trinity River that became a city. Is that the monument you found?
Comment by Michael Asahina on October 4, 2010 at 12:09pm
You, the Man!
If anybody knows what's happening with this it's you. Okay, It just started. Pass the word around there needs to be a monument. It will take on a life of its own. There's momentum out there for this. It's important for the people, especially in that area. The people who established themselves there, border or not, Tejano.

Thanks for the lesson on the links.
Comment by Dave Gettman on October 4, 2010 at 11:53am
Morning Michael.

As for the links, I just saw what you were trying to post and removed the part of the link that wasn't needed. Everything before "http" and after "pdf" was screwing you up.

Didn't know there was an effort to erect a plaque at Resaca de la Palma. I know the association is trying to locate and document all the 2d Cavalry monuments around the world. Just "found" one yesterday in Fort Worth and added it.

Actually, the first major battle was well before Resaca de la Palma. On April 25, 1846, Co's C & F, 2d Dragoon's, numbering 60 troopers, were ambushed near La Rosia, Mexico by over 500 Mexican cavalry. 9 Dragoons were killed, 2 wounded, and the remainder captured. This battle led to the invasion of Mexico. The battle of Palo Alto followed on May 8th, and Resaca de la Palma on the 9th.
Comment by Michael Asahina on October 4, 2010 at 9:44am
Dave, are you involved in the Second Cavalry Association's effort for a monument and plaque for Resaca de la Palma.

10 years after the Alamo, 15 years before Ft Sumter, the dispute over the border heated up, whether it should be the Rio Grande or the Neuces River. On this location the first major battle took place of the Mexican War.

The Mexican's had retreated from the nearby Palo Alto Battlefield. Here, General Zachary Taylor gave the order to Captain May of the Second Dragoons to charge the Mexican battery. The battle cry given by Captain May, "Remember your Regiment, follow your officers" became the unofficial motto of the Second Dragoons, later reorganized as the Second Cavalry.

The Mexicans retreated and with he near capture of General Arista the tide of the War was set, culminating in the surrender at Mexico City.
Comment by Michael Asahina on October 3, 2010 at 3:41pm
Again, Thanks Dave. maybe you can give me a clue on how to add a link, i.e.
Comment by Dave Gettman on October 3, 2010 at 2:55pm
Comment by Michael Asahina on October 3, 2010 at 2:24pm
Still haven't figured how to add link. but the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 extended the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site has been extended to include the Resaca de la Palma Battlefield.

href="http://www.nps.gov/legal/ActivationMemos/FINAL/paloalto.PDF" ...

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8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



This was the third design of the 2d Cavalry DUI, worn from 1924-1931. The sharp points on the ends of the bottom scroll again called for a redesign.


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