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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Ah, Wilderness: 1915

Ah, Wilderness: 1915

1915. "National Guard of D.C. cooking." Just what is it that makes a fried egg taste so much better out of doors? Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Oeufs Alfresco

It's the leaf lard and/or bacon drippings. Magnifique!

Colonial Beach, Va.


Pick Guard Camp Site

After several weeks filled with much guessing on the part of the District national guardsmen in general and much search on the part of the commanding general and his aids, Colonial Beach, Va., has been picked as the camping ground for the annual maneuvers of the infantry branch of the guard, it was announced yesterday. The encampment is to begin August 16 and continue to August 28.

There have been several places under consideration, ... The camp sites usually investigated each year are at Harpers Ferry, Virginia Beach, Frederick, and other places within easy distance of Washington.

Washington Post, Jul 21, 1915

Guard Ready For Trip

Embarks Tomorrow for Colonial Beach Encampment.

Every officer and man in the District National Guard is eagerly anticipating the events of tomorrow morning. Everything is now ready for the embarkation for Colonial Beach, where the guardsmen will put in two busy weeks of real soldiering.
...
Subsistence and bagage, was in the hands of the quartermaster's and the commissary departments. The quartermaster, Maj. Robbins, has had a very busy time. All the baggage had to be on the docks by Thursday last, the rest of the time it was all being loaded aboard the St. Johns by a force of civilian labor, under the charge of Maj. Nevils and a staff of commissioned and noncommissioned officers.
...
The guard while in camp will have its food provided by the subsistence department. Only enlisted men, however, will be issued rations. Each company, band and separate organization will have its own kitchen and equipment. The encampment order provides that enlisted cooks shall be used whenever practicable, although civilian cooks will also be allowed. The necessary mess arrangements for the various commands will be made by the commanding officers.

Washington Post, Aug 15, 1915

District Boys Will Get a Taste of Real Soldier Life.

...
The first full day in camp will be a busy one. The bugle will sound at 5:15 a.m. From that time to the first call to drill at 7 o'clock, the camp will be in an orderly whirlwind. The first important thing to attend to will be breakfast, and many citizen soldiers will taste camp fare for the first time. After breakfast, the camp must be carefully policed, or, in civilian lingo, "cleaned up."
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Drills end at 3 o'clock. After that until 5 o'clock, the men may do as they like. There probably will be a rush for bathing suits the first thing, and then a race to the beach. The parade or review will start at 5:30 o'clock.

Washington Post, Aug 16, 1915

 
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