AfriGeneas Military Research Forum Archive
At last--a full answer
Tony: Thanks much for the information. For sure, I will pester the folks at the Costal Heritage Society.
My Flipper research continues and I am about to dive into a swamp that I've been trying to avoid. Capt Merritt Barber is the officer who volunteered to defend Flipper at the court-martial. This in late l88l. During the first months of the year, Barber was the junior (in rank) member of the court that tried West Point cadet Johnson C. Whittaker. I am convinced--or have convinced myself--that Barber's experience on the Whittaker court not only drove his decision to offer his services to Flipper but determined the tactics/issues he would raise in Flipper's defense. But the swamp?--the record of the Whittaker case consumes l7--yep, count them--rolls of National Archives microfilm. Thousands of pages. Lucky me.By the time I scroll through these I will need a seeing eye dog.
Barber is an interesting fellow: thirteen years after Flipper in early l894 (Barber is now a Major)
But I wander and ramble.
Thanks again for your answer re blacks at Savannah in l779