To Texas and Fort Myer

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 Texas and Fort Myer

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On March 11, 1911, Charles Summerall was promoted to major. A month later, he departed West Point to assume command of the Second Battalion, Third Field Artillery, whose station was at Fort Myer, Virginia, but the unit was then at San Antonio, Texas, as a part of the Maneuver Division. The chief of field artillery in the War Department told him that he had assigned Charles to a “rotten battalion” which he expected Charles to change. Target practice was a farce because so many officers could not properly conduct fire. The battalion improved rapidly as the marking and occupation of positions became very creditable. By 1914, the work was hard, but there was sufficient recreation to maintain high morale. The greatest contributing factor was pride in the efficiency and superior training and standards of the battalion. It was ready for action anywhere, anytime, and under any conditions.

Keywords: major; Fort Meyer; field artillery; Virginia; Charles Summerall; training; Maneuver Division

Chapter.  3826 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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