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The Gettysburg; another canvas "White House" was maneuver was preceded by an artillery barrage, prepared; battalions executed maneuvers to exercise blank fire, from batteries of the 10th Regiment con- The artillery park, 10th Regiment, at the Gettysburg reenactment. Note camouflaged wagon to the left of the "Big Ear" listening device, and early motorcycle and sidecar between the Marines at center. Marine Corps Historical Collection 25 his honor and, thereafter, illustrated pages, rotogravure cealed 2,000 yards behind Seminary Ridge.
Meade. Lieutenant General Underhill recalled in 1980 the beginning of the exercise: When I took command of the regiment with an eventful march over the road to Fort Meade to be prepared for, I discovered that in past such marches tractors had broken down or had been scattered over the roads for miles waiting for repair. Further, many tractor drivers had been completely done in during their many hours of pounding over the roads. It seemed to me that this sort of performance would give the Marine Corps a black eye.
The Corps' search for a unique mission continued. The prewar advanced bases concept of seizing 165th Companies, was formed under Major Fred S. N. Erskine, a "plank-owner" of the original Artillery Battalion. The same day, Major Campbell was relieved by Colonel Dion Williams. Colonel Williams, a 27-year veteran, had been the commanding officer undefended naval bases and subsequently defending of the Marine detachment on board the USS them was not judged to be an entirely realistic Baltimore, one of Admiral George Dewey's cruisers at the battle of Manila Bay.