Henry O. Flipper

Henry O. Flipper
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A timeline of Henery O. Flipper

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  • He was the eldest of five sons,  born a slave at Thomasville, Georgia, on March 21, 1856.
  • This pond has malaria.
  • Although Henry was the fifth black accepted to West Point, he was the first to graduate.
  • As he was an officer in the Tenth Cavalry, Flipper served at  many posts including forts Elliott, Concho, Quitman, and Davis, Texas, and at Fort Sill, Indian Territory.
  • Negro Frontiersman: The Western Memoirs of Henry O. Flipper
  • At Fort Sill, he was able to use his engineering skills to construct roads and a system to help drain stagnant pools of water which caused disease. The project was a success and the site, known as “Flipper’s Ditch,” became an National Historic Landmark in 1977.
  • In 1901 Flipper spent 11 years in Mexico as an engineer/legal assistant to mining companies. He joined the Balvanera Mining Company in 1901 and kept the company when it folded in 1903
  • Henry died on May 3, 1940, in Atlanta, Georgia. His autobiography "Negro Frontiersman: The Western Memoirs of Henry O. Flipper," which he wrote in 1916, was published after in 1963.
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