Henry O. Flipper

Henry O. Flipper

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  • 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.
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