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Black Frontiersman is Flipper's autobiographical account of his carrier with the 10th U.S. Cavalry in Texas and Oklahoma and his years as a civilian that - one in all just a handful of such debts via a black American. even if Flipper's years at the western frontier were good documented by means of historians, this revised and up to date quantity of Theodore D. Harris' Negro Frontiersman incorporates a new creation, elevated endnotes and little recognized and formerly unpublished fabrics. Flipper's memoirs element his time spent at the U.S.-Mexican border, his adventures in Sonora and Chihuahua earlier than the Mexican Revolution, his time as an aide to U.S. Senator Albert Bacon Fall, and his later reminiscences on race and politics within the Thirties.

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Of course, if I had turned the bedding back, I would have found my men, but I did not disturb them. One [day] hostile Indians came into Fort Sill, cut our horses from the picket line and drove them off in broad daylight. [Later] about 2,000 of them came to the Post and had a war dance around the flag pole on the parade ground. They were starving and demanded food. The Commanding Officer wired Washington and got permission to issue rations to them, when they went away satisfied. Another time a big crowd of Indians rushed into the Post, whooping and yelling after another [Indian] who ran into the office of the Commanding Officer.

In later years Flipper alleged that about this time he began to detect signs of plots by certain officers to force him out of the Army, including reception of a specific warning that such a conspiracy was underway. Whether his charges were valid or the product of accumulated pressures, tension, anxieties, and his pervasive sense of loneliness, is unclear. In the summer of 1881, a shortage of almost $3,800 was discovered in Flipper's commissary accounts. He was arrested by the Fort Davis commanding officer, Colonel William Rufus Shafter, who ordered him confined to the guard house.

15 I was detailed to command the Troop as acting Captain and did so for four or five months till Captain Lee returned. Captain Lee was a cousin of Gen. Robert E. 16 We frequently exchanged visits. Fort Sill was 115 miles from the railroad at Caddo station. All freight for the government was hauled over this road which was bad for many reasons. A man in Little Rock, Arkansas, got the contract for freighting and he interested himself in getting a better road and a shorter one. It was decided to build a road from Fort Sill to the same railroad but to another station of more importance and over a shorter route.

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