• Photo by: Max Kandler

    Fort Davis

    National Historic Site Texas

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African Americans in the Frontier Army

The Act of 1866 increased the size of the Regular Army, thus changing the course of military history by affording African Americans a permanent place in the Armed Forces of the United States.

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Second Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper

FIRST BLACK GRADUATE OF WEST POINT Born into slavery at Thomasville, Georgia on March 21, 1856, Flipper became the first African American graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Did You Know?

Commanding officer's quarters during winter.

One of the most professional officers to command Fort Davis (1879-81) was Major Napoleon Bonaparte McLaughlen who enlisted as a dragoon (cavalry) private in 1850 and during the Civil War rose to the rank of brevet brigadier general.