A Study In Mobilization: Camp Lewis, 1917-1918
Bolles, Thomas Darley
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Little did one Meriwether Lewis, Captain U.S.S. in 1804, in command of the famous Lewis & Clark Expedition to the mouth of Columbia, think that one hundred and thirteen years later his name would be perpetuated in the far Northwest by the naming of one of the largest military establishments in the United States. Neither did Commander Charles Wilkes of the United States Navy, think that his celebration of the Fourth of July in 1841, on the site that which eventually became Camp Lewis, would be the first of many such celebrations to follow. Commander Wilkes, in chard of the World Encircling Exploring Expedition, anchored off what is now Fort Lewis, and decided to hold a celebration on the Fourth of July.
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