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Title:
The colored cadet at West Point : autobiography of Lieut. Henry Ossian Flipper, U.S.A. : first graduate of color from the U.S. Military Academy ; introduction by Quintard Taylor Jr.
Author:
Flipper, Henry Ossian, 1856-1940.
Publication Information:
Lincoln, Neb. : University of Nebraska Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
lii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Homer Lee & Co., 1878.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1260 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780803268906
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Henry Ossian Flipper was one of the nineteenth-century West's most remarkable individuals. The first African American graduate of West Point, he served four years in the West as a cavalry officer but was court-martialed and dismissed from the service in 1882. He spent the rest of his long life attempting to clear his name.

Flipper's record of accomplishment was significant for any individual in any time, and for a nineteenth-century black American it was phenomenal. As historian Quintard Taylor points out, in his post-Army career Flipper was a surveyor, cartographer, civil and mining engineer, interpreter, translator, historian, inventor, newspaper editor, special agent for the Justice Department, deputy U.S. mineral surveyor, aide to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and consultant to the secretary of the interior. His work carried him to Mexico, Venezuela, and Spain, and he left a record of achievement that demonstrates his enormous talent and unrelenting effort.

The Colored Cadet at West Point contains Taylor's biographical essay, Flipper's account of his career at West Point, and a new index prepared for this volume.


Author Notes

Quintard Taylor Jr. is head of the Department of History at the University of Oregon. He is the author of In Search of the Racial Frontier.


Table of Contents

Blacks in the American Westp. iii
Introduction Quintard Taylorp. vii
Notesp. xlv
Prefacep. 5
Chapter I Retrospectp. 7
Chapter II Communications, Etcp. 17
Chapter III Reportingp. 29
Chapter IV Cant Terms Etcp. 49
Chapter V Plebe Campp. 57
Chapter VI Studies, Etcp. 73
Chapter VII Yearling Campp. 102
Chapter VIII First-Class Campp. 108
Chapter IX Our Future Heroesp. 114
Chapter X Treatmentp. 117
Chapter XI Resumep. 166
Chapter XII Pleasures and Privilegesp. 187
Chapter XIII Furloughp. 203
Chapter Xiv Incident, Humor, Etcp. 207
Chapter XV Graduation--In the Armyp. 238
Chapter XVII

p. 288

Indexp. 323