Chapter

The Caissons Go Rolling Along

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/9780813126180.003.0012
The Caissons Go Rolling Along

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Early in August 1903, Charles Summerall received a telegraphic order to assume command of the Third Battery Field Artillery at Chickamauga Park, Georgia, and march it to Fort Myer, Virginia. They reached Fort Myer on October 20, 1903, and were met by Captain Foote and his battery, who escorted them into the post. This battery and Charles' were to form a battalion under Major Hoyle. As Charles ascended the hill at Fort Myer, his precious wife and baby stood waiting for him. During the maneuvers of 1904 and 1905, the two batteries marched separately to Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania, for target practice. The record of the firing was very creditable, and the march discipline and care of animals and equipment showed efficient field service and training.

Keywords: Virginia; training; Charles Summerall; Fort Myer; Captain Foote; Major Hoyle; battery; march discipline

Chapter.  3082 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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