Letter from Charles P. Summerall to his son, June 1, 1918

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Letter from Charles P. Summerall to his son, June 1, 1918

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The Citadel Archives & Museum

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Charles P. Summerall Collection

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English

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[Page 1]
Headquarters
1st Field Artillery Brigade, A.E.F.
France, June 1, 1918

My precious son,

I am writing in my gas mask and you would laugh to see me. But we all wear them 4 hours each week for practice. The enemy uses a great deal of gas but our men are so well drilled that it has little effect on us. The skill in using the

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mask makes us independent of gas attacks.

Your letter of May 8 came a few days ago. It is fine to get good in your reports and I think 99 in math is wonderful. It is more than your Dad ever got in any examination. You and mother are my only 100 percents. It is funny for Bud to be an officer but he has done well and I hope my old child will succeed

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too in his turn. Your birthday will soon be here and I shall think of you many times with love and a heart full of good wishes. I hope you and mother will celebrate both your birthdays for me. You might have Bernice to dinner or Bob Oliver and some others and have a movie party or something.

Your old Dad has been

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awfully busy with the operations against the place we took last Tuesday and still hold. The artillery attack was crushing and overwhelming and the infantry followed the barrage right through. But the enemy has fought hard to drive us out without any success.

I send my love and kisses to you and mother and all my loving wishes for your birthday,

Your loving
Dad

Citation

Summerall, Charles Pelot, 1867-1955, “Letter from Charles P. Summerall to his son, June 1, 1918,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed December 2, 2022, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/401.

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