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Research Guides for Marine Corps University School Staff Rides. A staff ride is a case study, typically of a military battle or campaign, conducted where it happened, and designed to facilitate understanding of the history behind the event.
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Then and Now

 
An innocent looking bridge... that played an important role during the Civil War.
 
According to the Manassas Battlefield National Park website, "Confederate troops destroyed the Stone Bridge over Bull Run in March 1862 before falling back to a more defensible position fifty miles to the south near Fredericksburg. The current structure was completed in the 1880s, on the site of the war-time bridge."
 
 

About Staff Rides

What is a Staff Ride?

A staff ride is a case study, typically of a military battle or campaign, conducted on the ground where the event happened. It is considered an essential instructional technique in advanced military schools and in field units. Marine Corps University (MCU) schools provide several Staff Ride opportunities for students throughout the school year.

A staff ride is a group exercise requiring participation and active engagement by the participants: a successfull staff ride will challenge you to put yourself in the place of history and seek answers to questions such as

    • What happened?
    • What would I have done, or done differently?
    • How did the organization, leaders and subordinates contribute to the success of failure of this military exercise?

The following research guides are designed to facilitate understanding of the history behind the event. You can explore primary sources, archival materials, maps, videos, RSS feeds, articles and books from our library collections and databases.

Please contact the Reference Staff with any questions about our research guides.

 

American Civil War

 

Mexican-American War

 

Revolutionary War

 

World War II Guides

 

What is a Research Guide?

A research guide is just that - a guide to available research on a topic. Since there are potentially thousands of resources related to any one subject, the reference librarians at the Marine Corps Research Library have done the hard work for you, and compiled the most useful research into a handy guide.

 

The Staff Ride

Staff rides and professional leadership development, by William G. Robertson, US Army Center for Military History.

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