Staff Rides

Sepia toned photo of historic staff ride with ranger using a large map to describe battlefield to military cadets in uniform Ranger conducts staff ride for navy cadets in blue jackets with stone wall behind him
Staff rides in the park were common in the early 20th Century, such as this one from 1940 NPS Photo
Today, the park facilitates a number of staff rides, ranging from short overview programs to full-day tours NPS Photo
National Military Parks such as Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania have a long history of facilitating military staff rides. 



 

Staff Rides: Options and Resources


Like many battlefields and military parks, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park was originally set aside by the War Department to be preserved as a learning and training ground for the military. We continue to honor that tradition today by welcoming staff rides into the park and sharing our military history with service men and women.

We are happy to offer resources, services, and guides for staff rides, as shown below. We can customize briefings and tours to fit your unit’s interests, backgrounds, and needs. Please give us a call to schedule your group’s visit and for guidance to plan your staff ride.

Fredericksburg


U.S. Army Center for Military History Briefing Book: https://history.army.mil/staffRides/_docs/staffRide_Fredericksburg.pdf

22-minute overview film

25 minutes to 1 hour briefings at Chatham Manor (Upper Pontoon Crossing) and/or Fredericksburg’s Sunken Road and Marye’s Heights, including the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Beginning at Chatham Manor is best for understanding the battle. (FREE)

1-4 hour guided tours covering different battlefield sites ($200)

4-8 hours guided tours covering different battlefield sites ($300)

  • Call Peter Maugle at (540) 693-3200 x4160 to make arrangements

Chancellorsville


U.S. Army Center for Military History Briefing Book: https://history.army.mil/staffRides/_docs/staffRide_Chancellorsville.pdf

22-minute overview film

25 minutes to 1 hour briefings at Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center (FREE)

1-4 hour guided tours covering different battlefield sites ($200)

4-8 hours guided tours covering different battlefield sites ($300)

  • Call Peter Maugle at (540) 693-3200 x4160 to make arrangements

Wilderness


U.S. Army Center for Military History Briefing Book: https://history.army.mil/staffRides/_docs/staffRide_Wilderness.pdf

25 minutes to 1 hour briefings at Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter (FREE in season)

1-4 hour guided tours covering different battlefield sites ($200)

4-8 hours guided tours covering different battlefield sites ($300)

  • Call Greg Mertz at (540) 693-3200 x4100 to make arrangements

Spotsylvania


U.S. Army Center for Military History Briefing Book: https://history.army.mil/staffRides/_docs/staffRide_Wilderness.pdf

25 minutes to 1 hour presentations at Bloody Angle (FREE in season)

1-4 hour guided tours covering different battlefield sites ($200)

4-8 hours guided tours covering different battlefield sites ($300)

  • Call Greg Mertz at (540) 693-3200 x4100 to make arrangements

Last updated: August 10, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

120 Chatham Ln
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Phone:

(540) 693-3200

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