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    Andersonville

    National Historic Site Georgia

Staff Rides

JROTC Cadets stand in uniform on the prison site
JROTC cadets stand in formation on the prison site during a staff ride.
NPS/E. Leonard
 

A military staff ride is a group exercise of three distinct phases: preliminary study, field study, and integration. It is designed for further the development of officers, in which each participant gives a briefing on plans, orders, events, decisions, and individuals.

By definition, the staff ride is to be conducted by the military participants and not by park staff. The following links give in depth information on the proper conduct of a staff ride and will help you prepare.

 

Staff ride participants can find other useful information on the History & Culture pages.

 

Park rangers stand ready to help members of the armed forces to learn valuable lessons from the experiences of prisoners of War at Andersonville. Contact us to schedule a staff ride and use the materials above to plan your staff ride experience.

Did You Know?

1866 drawing of prisoner shelters

It rained 22 days during the month of June 1864 at Andersonville. Prisoner Warren Goss remembered, "it was miserably wet, dirty, and disagreeable with unpleasant odors. Neither could one get accustomed to, or be able to blunt the senses to, the existence of so much misery."