Charles Adelle Lewis Totten (1851 - 1908)

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Birthplace: New London, New London, CT, USA
Death: Died in Milford, New Haven, CT, USA
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About Charles Adelle Lewis Totten

Charles Adelle Lewis Totten (February 3, 1851 - April 12, 1908) was an American military officer, a professor of military tactics, a prolific writer, and an influential early advocate of British Israelism.

Charles Totten was born in a military family (his father, James Totten was a Brigadier-General, and his uncle, Joseph Gilbert Totten was Chief of the United States Army Corps of Engineers). He graduated from West Point (where he had been an honor student), and taught military science and tactics at Massachusetts Agricultural College (now known as the University of Massachusetts Amherst), (briefly) at West Point, and served with the Missouri Artillery before taking a post as Professor of Military Tactics at Yale University from 1889 to 1892. Charles Totten and W. R. Livermore are variously credited with being the first to bring the practice of wargaming from Germany to the United States. Totten's book on Kriegspiel was published in 1880.

He patented a system of weights and measures in 1884.

He resigned his commission in 1892, and devoted most of his remaining life to writing, chiefly on biblical chronology, biblical prophecy, pyramidology, and British Israelism. He was a prolific author, writing over 180 books and articles, including a massive 26 volume series entitled "Our Race" defending British Israelism, and his writings continue to exert influence in some Christian Zionist circles.


Charles A. L. Totten's Timeline

February 3, 1851
New London, New London, CT, USA
October 25, 1878
Age 27
Fort Hamilton, Kings, NY, USA
June 1, 1880
Age 29
Plattsburgh, Clinton, NY, USA
December 27, 1883
Age 32
January 8, 1889
Age 37
May 10, 1898
Age 47
April 12, 1908
Age 57
Milford, New Haven, CT, USA