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Re: Faulty sources
In Response To: Re: Faulty sources ()

Below is the article, the mistakes are very apparent to historians and researchers. Students of the history of the Buffalo Soldiers would not have missed it.

Why Pause To Celebrate African American History?
by Brig. Gen. Henry L. Taylor
Air Force Materiel Command
"In 1866, the congress of the United States established an army to take on the challenges of the westward expansion of the country. Parts of that army were the 9th and 10th Cavalries and the 24th and 25th Infantries. These units were comprised of black soldiers who later gained fame as the Buffalo Soldiers.
In 1876, the 10th Cavalry received an officer named Henry O. Flipper. He was the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During his four years at West Point, he was given the silent treatment. None of the other cadets spoke to him except in the performance of official duties. But Flipper was determined to weather all challenges. He stated that he and other black cadets wanted "to be left alone to our own resources for study and improvement, for enjoyment in whatever way we chose to seek it ... we care not for social recognition. We did not expect it."

I have listed the G.O. that established the regiments below. You listed several books that deal with the history of Lt. Flipper; I have those same references in my library, have you yourself read them? I ask this because the evidence reveals that you may not have, if you had I am sure you would have noticed the mistakes in this article yourself. I have listed the references you posted below.

“2. In my research I've located several books by Flipper et al documenting his life.
THE COLORED CADET AT WEST POINT: Autobiography of Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper
NEGRO FRONTIERSMAN. El Paso: Texas Western College Press, 1963 - Henry O. Flipper
THE WESTERN MEMOIRS OF HENRY O. FLIPPER 1878 -1916 El Paso: Texas Western College Press, 1963 - Henry O. Flipper”

These are the correction I have made to the information in the article.

General Order number 56 published by the Adjutant Generals Office August 1st 1866, establishes the 9th and 10th Cavalries, 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st infantry.

The 24th and 25th infantry were not created until 1869, as per General Order number 17, published by the Adjutant Generals Office, March 15th 1869.

Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper graduated from The West Point Military Academy on June 14th, 1877, not 1876 as stated in the above article you posted.

I would like to bring your attention to this individual’s response to Sharon’s posting and their own posting which I have pasted below.

NEW: Scholars of Henry O. Flipper
Malin -- Friday, 5 September 2003, at 10:14 a.m.
1 message (1 new)

To: Serious Students/Researchers of Henry O. Flipper

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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