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Lt. Flipper: Looking for ideas--not a debate

I'm still following the trail of the unfortunate (and often most elusive) Lt. Henry O. Flipper.
I'd still like to engage anyone in an exchange regarding their views/opinions/convictions about Flipper.
I am now well into my fifth year of on and off (mostly off) Flipper research: with a primary emphasis on his court-martial and dismissal from the army; his own unsuccessful efforts to clear his name through a series of Congressional petitions; and the posthumous honors (an army honorable discharge in l977 and the first-ever posthumous presidential pardon in l999).
If it will help spark/encourage a response to this message, it is my current view (always subject to change or modification) that Flipper
. did not face "trumped up charges" at his late l88l trial
. that he was fairly tried, well represented by counsel, and fairly convicted and dismissed
. that his reinstatment efforts were self-serving and not firmly based on the record
.that the posthumous honors were responses to current social/political forces and rested on an incomplete study of the surviving record as well as on inaccurate analysis of the records examined

So--my cards are face up. Please show me yours. All views are part of the "history" of Flipper's story and I'd like to learn about all of the elements that have gone into making up the current received
wisdom of this tale.

I'm willing to use this message board forum for any discussions/exchanges--or it can be a private matter and I can be reached at:

Tom Phillips


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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