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Monday, 25 March 2013
HENRY OSSIAN FLIPPER - AN AFRICAN AMERICAN SOLDIER : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
Henry Ossian Flipper an African American Soldier former slave born on 21st March 1856 and died 3rd May 1940 was the first African American to graduate from th United States Military Academy at West Point in 1877 earning a Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Following Flippers Commission he was transferred to one of the all black regiments serving in the U.S. Army which were historically led by white officers: Assigned to a troop under the command of Captain Nicholas M, Nolan, he became the first non-white officer to lead the Famous Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry. Flipper served with competency but was hunted by rumors alleging improprieties. At one point he was court martialed and dismissed from the U.S. Army.