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 The Play and Bibliography

Who was Lieutenant Flipper?  Was he Martyr or Myth?

lt flipper· 19th Century:  Lt Flipper was dismissed from the U.S. Army.
· 20th Century:  Flipper was pardoned by President Clinton.
· 21st Century:  Flipper’s “poor treatment” is called a myth.

Henry O. Flipper was not the first African American admitted to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.  However, in 1877, Flipper became the first African American to graduate from West Point.  Flipper was commissioned as a second lieutenant and assigned to the Tenth Regiment of United States Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers) at Fort Sill, Indian Territory.

In 1880, Lieutenant Flipper again distinguished himself in the war against Warm Springs Apache Chief Victorio.  A year later, twenty-five year old Flipper was tried for embezzlement of government funds.  He was dismissed from the army 30 June 1882. 

A new one-act play, “Lieutenant Flipper’s Trial” by Bob Rogers, dramatizes the fateful 1881 trial of Lieutenant Flipper. Was Flipper persecuted before he was prosecuted?  Did Flipper destroy his career?  Was he sabotaged?  Was there a conspiracy?  Was he dealt with fairly?  See the play.  You decide.

 Book the play and added attractions for your stage, including:
star Bob Rogers’ live and lively 19th Century American History “Jeopardy” style quiz show where winners receive literary prizes (novels, novellas, short stories).
star Scenes (South Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico) from Bob’s highly acclaimed novel, First Dark: A Buffalo Soldier’s Story.


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Lieutenant Flipper’s Trial
A Play by Bob Rogers
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Trial Transcript: U.S. v. Second Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper

US National Park Service

Fort Davis



Second Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper

US National Park Service

Fort Davis



Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper

US Army Center of Military History



Black, Lowell D and Sara H.

An Officer and A Gentleman

The Lora Company



Cusic, Don

The Trials of Henry Flipper, First Black Graduate of West Point




Dinges, Bruce E.

Interview re: Henry O. Flipper Documents and Publications

Arizona State Historical Society



Harris, Theodore D.

Flipper, Henry Ossian

Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahoma City


Harris, Theodore D. (Editor)

Black Frontiersman: The Memoirs of Henry O. Flipper

Texas Christian University Press

Fort Worth


Henry O. Flipper

The Colored Cadet at West Point

University of Nebraska Press



Robinson, Charles M. III

The Court-Martial of Lieutenant Henry Flipper

Texas Western Press

El Paso


Robinson, Charles M. III

The Fall of a Black Army Officer: Racism and the Myth of Henry O. Flipper

University of Oklahoma Press