The Way of Duty, Honor, Country: The Memoir of General Charles Pelot Summerall

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The Way of Duty, Honor, Country: The Memoir of General Charles Pelot Summerall

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After graduating from West Point in 1892, Charles Pelot Summerall (1867–1955) launched a distinguished military career, fighting Filipino insurgents in 1899 and Boxers in China in 1900. His remarkable service included brigade, division, and corps commands in World War I; duty as chief of staff of the U.S. Army from 1926 to 1930; and presidency of the Citadel for twenty years, where he was instrumental in establishing the school's national reputation. Previously available only in the Citadel's archives, this memoir offers an eyewitness account of a formative period in U.S. Army history. Edited and annotated, the memoir documents critical moments in American military history and details Summerall's personal life, from his impoverished childhood in Florida to his retirement from the Citadel in 1953. From the perspective of both a soldier and a general, Summerall describes how the very nature of war changed irrevocably during his lifetime.

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

978-0-8131-2618-0

eISBN

978-0-8131-2619-7 (pdf version)

eISBN

978-0-8131-4003-2 (epub version)

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126180.001.0001

Keywords

Charles Pelot Summerall, Military career, Boxers, China, World War I, Citadel, U.S. Army, American military history

Disciplines

History | Military History

Notes

Edited and annotated by Timothy K. Nenninger.