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The Pit Whence I Was Digged

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/9780813126180.003.0003
The Pit Whence I Was Digged

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When Charles P. Summerall was born in 1867, the South was in the throes of Reconstruction and what has aptly been called the Tragic Era. Without the slaves, the plantations were useless. Extreme poverty and widespread suffering prevailed. In 1882, A. Toomer Porter accepted Charles as well as his brother, and a new world opened to Charles. In the winter of 1886, Charles taught at the Astatula School for three months at $30.00 per month. In the winter of 1887, he taught school in Leesburg, Florida, for three months at $60.00 per month, which increased to $85.00 per month after getting a special certificate. Later, he received orders from the War Department to report at West Point.

Keywords: Tragic Era; slaves; War Department; Astatula School; A. Toomer Porter; Charles P. Summerall; West Point

Chapter.  1859 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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