El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Henry O. Flipper
Commissioned as Lieutenant in the 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, Flipper was stationed at bases in western states and territories. At Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he designed a drainage system, now a National Historic Landmark known as "Flipper's Ditch," that removed standing water, thus minimizing malaria outbreaks.
Despite his many accomplishments, Flipper is most remembered as a victim of racism. In 1882, at Fort Davis, Texas, he was court-martialled on questionable charges. He was eventually acquitted of all charges save one: conduct unbecoming an officer.
Dismissed from the army, Flipper went on to become a civil mining engineer, surveyor, translator, newspaper editor, historian and folklorist in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. For 10 years, he lived in El Paso,
In 1976, the U.S. Army granted Lt. Flipper an honorable discharge, and he received a full presidential pardon of all charges in 1999.
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12796.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: African Americans. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #29 Warren G. Harding series lists.
Location. 31° 46.845′ N, 106° 27.34′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is at the intersection of East Wyoming Avenue and North Cebada Street, on the right when traveling west on East Wyoming Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3231 East Wyoming Avenue, El Paso TX 79903, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon (a few steps from this marker); Fort Bliss Buffalo Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Concordia Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Guardian Angel Church John Wesley Hardin (approx. half a mile away); The Mormon Plot in Concordia Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Site of Camp Concordia and Fort Bliss (approx. ¾ mile away); Defining A Border (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
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