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Citadel News Service
10 Oct 2011

Book examines life, military career of Gen. Charles P. Summerall

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W. Gary Nichols, emeritus professor of history at The Citadel, has published the most comprehensive book to date examining the life and Army career of Gen. Charles P. Summerall.

“American Leader in War and Peace: The Life and Times of WWI soldier, Army Chief of Staff and Citadel President General Charles P. Summerall” was published this summer by White Mane Books in Shippensburg, Pa. The 455-page book explores the life of Summerall, who rose from poverty to graduate from West Point and lead troops in battle and command forces in World War I.

Nichols will sign copies of his book from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at The Citadel Bookstore in Mark Clark Hall.

Summerall served as president of The Citadel from 1931 to 1953. He is credited with transforming the college in the midst of a financial depression and state of neglect. The most significant facilities transformation and growth in the college’s history occurred during Summerall’s tenure. His legacy remains on Summerall Field, the Summerall Chapel and the Summerall Guards silent drill platoon.

Nichols served as a member of the history faculty from 1965 to 2007 and still resides in Charleston. During his Citadel tenure he was selected as a Citadel Foundation Fellow and served as director of The Citadel – University of Charleston Master of Arts in History Program. A graduate of University of Alabama, Nichols lectures frequently on the life and career of Summerall.

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