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John Salmon Ford (1815 – 1897), better known as "Rip" Ford, was a member of the Republic of Texas Congress and later of the State Senate, and mayor of Brownsville, Texas. A Texas Ranger and a Confederate colonel, Ford commanded the Confederate forces in the last engagement of the American Civil War, the Battle of Palmito Ranch on May 12-13,1865. It was a Confederate victory, but as it occurred more than a month after Robert E. Lee's surrender it had no effect on the outcome of the war.

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Originally posted 2017-12-12 17:34:55.