The Land of the Midnight Sun

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:
The Land of the Midnight Sun

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In April 1902, Charles Summerall received a telegram to send a company of men to Skagway, Alaska. Later, another telegram directed him immediately to take his company to Skagway. Their baby was expected in June, and he was compelled to leave his wife. Complaints about taking squatter's claims for the post at Haines Mission reached Washington, which ordered General Randall, the commander of the Northwest Department headquartered at Vancouver Barracks, Washington, to Skagway to investigate. He arrived early in September, accompanied by Colonel Wilds P. Richardson, who had spent much of his service in Alaska. General Randall approved of what he had done and so reported to the War Department. Colonel Richardson asked Charles if he would be willing to have him relieve Charles at Skagway so that he could build the new post at Haines Mission. Charles eagerly consented as his wife and baby were very ill.

Keywords: Alaska; Charles Summerall; Skagway; Haines Mission; War Department; Wilds P. Richardson; General Randall

Chapter.  2666 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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