A timeline of Henery O. Flipper
He was the eldest of five sons, born a slave at Thomasville, Georgia, on March 21, 1856.
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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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