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Introduction

Timothy K. Nenninger and Charles Pelot Summerall

in The Way of Duty, Honor, Country

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126180
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135649 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126180.003.0001
Introduction

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Charles P. Summerall, a son of the poor rural South from the post-Civil War era, entered the army before the last of the major battles with the Plains Indians, served on active duty as the army adjusted to its growing role as guardian of American insular possessions. He was an important combat commander when the army first entered the global stage as a participant in a European war. His active duty concluded with him at the pinnacle of his profession, leading the U.S. army as chief of staff, the senior uniformed officer. After retirement, he began what became a long and equally successful second career as a college educator — president of the Citadel. He used the memoir to reiterate them, often to validate his actions, and to make clear who his friends and perceived enemies were and why.

Keywords: World War; European war; military career; Citadel; active duty; chief of staff; U.S. army

Chapter.  2386 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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