Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
2nd Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper
- Early Schooling -
American Missionary Association
U.S. Military Academy
01 July 1873 - 14 June 1877
4th Black to Attend
1st Black to Graduate
Died - 26 April 1940
Gravesite - Thomasville, Georgia
"Henry O. Flipper's legacy echoes through the actions of all African-American men and women who have worn Cadet Gray and served our nation as military officers and leaders of character."
LTG F. L. Hagenbeck,
30 March 2007
15 June 1877 - 30 Jun 1882
10th U.S. Cavalry
Commander G Troop
Ft. Sill, Oklahoma Ft. Elliott, Texas Ft. Concho, Texas Ft. Davis, Texas
17 Sept - 08 Dec 1881
Dismissed From Service (Unjustly)
30 June 1882
Honorable Discharge Approved
08 Feb 1977
Presidential Pardon Granted
19 Feb 1999
(First Presidential Pardon Granted Posthumously)
From Slave to Scholar
Author - Inventor
Surveyor - Engineer
Mining & Oil Consultant
U.S. Justice Department
Interpreter & Translator
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Assistant to the
Secretary of Interior
[Quest for Justice]
Hon. John A. T. Hull, Des Moines, Iowa.
"In coming to Congress...I ask nothing because I am a Negro, I ask only...justic...as well as the satisfaction of having righted a great wrong..."
Very truly yours,
Henry O. Flipper
23 Oct 1898
"117 years overdue...too long to let an injustice lie uncorrected...I now offer a full pardon to Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper...This good man now has completely recovered his good name."
President William J. Clinton
19 Feb 1999
Erected by Fort Leavenworth.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is March 21, 1856.
Location. 39° 20.795′ N, Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Leavenworth KS 66027, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Colin L. Powell (a few steps from this marker); BG Benjamin H. Grierson (within shouting distance of this marker); 555th Parachute Infantry Company (within shouting distance of this marker); General Roscoe Robinson Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Buffalo Soldier Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 32nd and 44th U.S. Volunteer Infantries (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Meriwether Lewis (approx. Ό mile away); Captain William Clark (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Leavenworth.
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Also see . . .
1. Henry O. Flipper (1856-1940). New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry (Submitted on February 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. 2nd Lt Henry O. Flipper. Buffalo Soldiers website entry (Submitted on February 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Henry Ossian Flipper. "Oklahoma Today" archives, Vol. 28, Summer 1978 (Submitted on February 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Lt Henry O. Flipper's Quest for Justice. National Archives entry. (Submitted on February 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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