Established October 26, 1848, at Davis Landing by Capt. J. H. La Motte, 1st U. S. Infantry, as Ringgold Barracks. Named in honor of Brevet Major David Ringgold, 4th U. S. Artillery, who died of wounds received at Palo Alto, May 8, 1846. Troops were withdrawn March 3, 1859. Reoccupied December 29, 1859. Abandoned in 1861. Reoccupied by U. S. troops in June 1865. General Robert E. Lee passed a few days here in 1856 and in 1860.