Henry Ossian Flipper was born born a slave in Thomasville, Georgia on March, 21 1856
He attended school at Atlanta University as a freshmen he was appointed to the United States Military Academy. Although Flipper was the fifth accepted to west point he was the first to graduate.
After college Flipper was stationed with the tenth United States Calvary and his division was assigned to drain a stagnate pool but when all of his division deserted he stayed to finish the job himself and it became a national landmark.
During the chase of Victorio he served in two battle and for his service in the field he was made acting assistant quartermaster, post quartermaster, and acting commissary of subsistence.
When Colonel William Rufus Shafter became commanding officer at fort Davis he immediately relieved Flipper as quartermaster and planned to relieve him as commissary as soon as he found a replacement. A year later he found some missing funds in the treasury and then when colonel Rufus found out he immediately filed charges against him and was found guilty.
After Flipper was court-martialed he went to El Paso and remained there until 1883 when he later went to mexico to work as a border drawer and was so good at it that the U.S. Government hired him as a special agent for the United States Court of Private Land Claims.