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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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“And David was wise in all his ways and the Lord was with David”

“And David was wise in all his ways and the Lord was with David”

(p.14) Chapter 3 “And David was wise in all his ways and the Lord was with David”
The Way of Duty, Honor, Country

Timothy K. Nenninger

Charles Pelot Summerall

University Press of Kentucky

The text of the one of the sermons at West Point was “And David was wise in all his ways and the Lord was with David”. Charles Summerall took it to heart and hoped and prayed that he might be wise and that the Lord would be with him. This period from 1888 to 1892 saw other marked changes at West Point. The full dress coat was discarded for wear at all times outside of the room, and the blouse was substituted except for ceremonies and chapel. The turnover collar on the full dress coat was replaced by a standing collar inside the coat collar. The old Civil War-era Springfield single-loading rifle was replaced by a magazine rifle. Infantry drill was much changed, and other supposed improvements followed. The size of the corps remained, however, at about 240 or 250.

Keywords:   West Point, Charles Summerall, cadets, dress coat, rifle

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