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Henry Ossian Flipper, Colored Cadet at West Point
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Autobiography of Lieut. Henry Ossian Flipper, U.S.A., First Graduate of Color from the U.S. Military Academy. This autobiography claims to give an accurate and impartial narrative of Henry’s four years life while a cadet at West Point, as well as a general idea of the institution there. They are almost an exact transcription of his notes taken at various times during those four years.
Henry Ossian Flipper, the eldest of five brothers, and the subject of this narrative, was born in Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, on the 21st day of March, 1856. He and his mother were the property (?) of Rev. Reuben H. Lucky, a Methodist minister of that place. His father, Festus Flipper, by trade a shoemaker and carriage trimmer, was owned by Ephraim G. Ponder, a successful and influential slave dealer.
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