The War Department

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 War Department

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On September 4, 1914, Charles Summerall reported to the War Department as assistant to the chief of the Militia Bureau in charge of the field artillery of the national guard. The War Department budget was being completed, but he managed to have it include $600,000 for horses for the national guard field artillery. The war in Europe caused much interest, and requests poured in for the organization of new militia batteries. While everyone expected the United States to enter the war, there were many who felt that it was not their war and that they would suffer for people who never had been and never would be their friends. Charles' duty was to prepare for war and to respond to any order. When the Lusitania was sunk, war was inevitable. In preparation for mobilization, Charles was appointed as a member of the board to locate and recommend training and mobilization camps.

Keywords: War Department; militia batteries; field artillery; national guard; Lusitania; World War; mobilization camps; war; Charles Summerall

Chapter.  1757 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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