Ringgold, Samuel

Ringgold, Samuel

(1800–46) soldier; born in Washington County, Md. The son of a congressman, he graduated from West Point in 1818. At the head of a corps of "flying artillery," he advanced his guns to within 100 yards of the Mexican lines at Palo Alto (May 8, 1846); mortally wounded there, he died a few days later.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.