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?
A smallpox hospital was built two miles south of the Andersonville prison to isolate infected prisoners. In operation only four months, 50% of the prisoners admitted there died of the disease. The 64 graves of the smallpox hospital were moved to Andersonville National Cemetery in 1867.