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At last--a full answer

Tony: Thanks much for the information. For sure, I will pester the folks at the Costal Heritage Society.
Interesting bit about Toussaint. Ain't "doing history" fun?
Of course--you did give me instructions on how to build a clock (like me,it seems you are a victim of the "I can't write a short message" disease)--but the timepiece you described is one that I was interested in putting together.

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)
he serves as the second highest ranked member of the court which tried Chaplain Henry V. Plummer.
Pretty much of an Old Army tiple play--first Barber tries Whittaker, then defends Flipper, and then he sits in judgement of Plummer.

But I wander and ramble.

Thanks again for your answer re blacks at Savannah in l779

Tom Phillips

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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