After Nolan was reassigned, William Rufus Shafter was assigned to be Flippers commanding officer. While no direct proof exists, it is believed that Shafter set up Flipper for an embezzlement charge. While Flipper beat the rap at trial, he lost on the lesser charge of conduct unbecoming an officer. Was thrown out of the army because of this conviction.
After the American Revolution, many states were deeply in debt. To reduce the hardship, the federal government took over the debt. A national debt resulted. To payoff the debt, in 1791, the feds taxed distillers. All distillers were not treated equally. Larger distillers were taxed at a lower rate then small batch distillers. President Washington [...]