Chapter

The Coast Defenses

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/9780813126180.003.0011
The Coast Defenses

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Life at Fort Flagler was very rugged, and Charles Summerall' wife was ill all the time. The water supply consisted of brackish, pumped water for the bathrooms and cistern water for drinking. This was the first time that his company had been assigned to its legitimate duty of coast defense since it was organized at Fort Lawton. During this time, he received a telegram from the War Department asking if he was willing to accept a detail at West Point. His family was in no condition to travel, and he had no money to pay for the travel. He declined the detail.

Keywords: Charles Summerall; coast defense; Fort Flagler; War Department; West Point

Chapter.  1759 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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