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Over 100 years ago, the first of many joint maneuvers involving soldiers of the US Army and California's National Guard was held on a large Central California ranch, (today's city of Atascadero). Gen. Arthur MacArthur and his staff had the responsibility of turning the quiet ranch into a busy campground for the 5000 men and 1000 horses who would be participating in the two week encampment, as well as for laying the groundwork for future encampments. Among the subjects discussed in this book are the purpose of the encampment, the extensive planning, road building and maintenance, water supply, transportation of troops and animals, public relations, introduction of latest military technology, and the battle exercises themselves. Made a biannual event, succeeding encampments are discussed. This book is a must read for all interested in military history.