To West Point

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:
To West Point

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During the summer of 1905, Charles Summerall was ordered to duty as senior instructor of artillery tactics at West Point. This began the most difficult and disagreeable part of his service. His duties involved the personal instruction of cadets in field artillery and supervising all instruction in coast artillery. The training was practical with the guns, horses, and instruments but theoretical in the classrooms. The equipment consisted of material and horses for a mobile battery, a battery of field guns for standing gun drill, mules and guns for a mountain battery, and some obsolete coast artillery guns in a seacoast battery at Trophy Point. All material, harness, and horses were in poor condition. His duties occupied him intensely during the day, and he generally went to the battery office at night. He only had little time for his family, which he enjoyed by teaching his little son how to ride a bicycle.

Keywords: West Point; artillery tactics; field artillery; coast artillery; instructor; training; Charles Summerall

Chapter.  2730 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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