Watercolor of 1868 Fort Ripley by Col. Edward G. Bush (1838–1892). Painted by Bush in 1880 upon revisiting the fort that he commanded September 1868 to May 1869 while a thirty-year-old captain. The painting depicts the fort as he remembered it in 1868.
Abandoned Fort Ripley, c.1895. On the left is one of the original officers’ quarters; in the foreground is the hospital and headquarters built to replace the original structure that had burned down in July 1870.
Map of Fort Ripley as surveyed in 1874, showing the ninety square miles of reservation land on the east side of the river and one square mile for the actual post on the west side. The sale of parcels on the east side in 1857, and subsequent annulment of the sale, created legal problems that took twenty years to untangle. (From 46 Congress, 2 session, Senate Reports, no. 196, serial 1893.)
Fort Ripley in the early 1870s. The somewhat taller structure to the rear left is the newly built hospital and headquarters, which replaced the one that burned down in July 1870. The fort’s three six-pounder brass cannons are pointed at the river.