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Ossian Flipper
The Colored Cadet at West Point First Edition 1878 / Lieut Henry Ossian FLIPPER
1878. First edition.Engraved frontispiece portrait. Maroon cloth (one of several colors, with no known priority) .The autobiography of the first African-American to graduate from the United States Military Academy, covering primarily those four years. Flipper was born into slavery in Georgia in 1856. Although facing hazing and loneliness, Flipper graduated, but his military career was brief. Joining the famed Tenth U.S. Cavalry Regiment, he was dismissed for conduct unbecoming of an officer in 1882, a finding that may have been exacerbated by his daily habit of horseback riding with the wife of a white officer (the verdict was posthumously overturned in 1976). However his training further qualified him to be civil and mining engineer, and he was the first African-American to gain prominence in that field as well.
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