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The Way of Duty, Honor, CountryThe Memoir of General Charles Pelot Summerall$
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Charles Pelot Summerall and Timothy K. Nenninger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126180

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126180.001.0001

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The Pit Whence I Was Digged

The Pit Whence I Was Digged

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(p.10) Chapter 2 The Pit Whence I Was Digged
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The Way of Duty, Honor, Country
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Timothy K. Nenninger

Charles Pelot Summerall

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126180.003.0003

When Charles P. Summerall was born in 1867, the South was in the throes of Reconstruction and what has aptly been called the Tragic Era. Without the slaves, the plantations were useless. Extreme poverty and widespread suffering prevailed. In 1882, A. Toomer Porter accepted Charles as well as his brother, and a new world opened to Charles. In the winter of 1886, Charles taught at the Astatula School for three months at $30.00 per month. In the winter of 1887, he taught school in Leesburg, Florida, for three months at $60.00 per month, which increased to $85.00 per month after getting a special certificate. Later, he received orders from the War Department to report at West Point.

Keywords:   Tragic Era, slaves, War Department, Astatula School, A. Toomer Porter, Charles P. Summerall, West Point

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