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

You’re posting on 4 September, Re: Henry O. Flipper gives this site as a link; correct me if I am wrong, but I believe this is the link you refer to in your posting to Sharon on 5 September. I have as well posted below the paragraph that deals with Flipper.

A Historic Context for the AA Military Experience

“Ossian Flipper, from Thomasville, Georgia, entered the Academy and he and Smith became roommates (Vaughn 1971:100). Flipper survived the rigors of West Point and in June 1877, became the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy. Flipper was also the first black officer in the Regular Army. His career, however, was short-lived. After 5 years with the 10th Cavalry in Texas, Flipper was court-martialed in 1881 for embezzlement of post commissary funds. Found guilty, Flipper was dismissed from the Army in June 1882 (Dinges 1972:60).”

Although it is correct in that it gives the proper date of Flippers graduation, he could not have been on duty with the Tenth cavalry in ’76, if he was still attending the academy in ’77. You do not have to be a serious historian or student of the study of Lt. Flipper’s life to spot these inaccuracies. Flippers graduation from the “Point”, and his courts martial, are the pivotal points of his life. The last two lines of the paragraph are again misinformation. Flipper was cleared of the charge of embezzlement of post commissary funds. His conviction and eventual dismissal from the army came as result of a guilty verdict on the charge, “Conduct unbecoming an Officer”. Lt Flipper was separated from the army, June 30th 1882. The source given at the end of the paragraph, (Dinges 1972:60) was the originator of the misinformation.

Re: Black Frontiersman, The Memoirs of Henry O. Flipper
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Texas Christian University Press
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