Henry Ossian Flipper (21 Mar 1856 – 3 May 1940) was an US soldier, the very first one with African origin to graduate Military Academy of West Point and the first nonwhite officer to lead buffalo soldiers of the 10th Cavalry. He had a long and dramatic military career, took part in multiple wars with Indians, but was court marshalled and dismissed from army. He worked as an assistant to the Secretary of the Interior in South America afterwards. The Colored Cadet at West Point is a biographic work by Henry Ossian Flipper. The whole story is set on the twentieth of May of 1873. This was the first day of Flipper at West Point, and it had left some memories that were never to be bottled out. This little piece of mind of a man descending into vicarious environment is a vivid and informative picture of American life and culture of the end of XIX century that was full of controversies and prejudices.