Staff Rides and Tours

Taking advantage of the Schar School location’s ready access to battlefields of the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars, CSPS offers free-of-charge guided excursions to students and faculty of George Mason University and their guests.

Battlefield leadership tours offer a guided tour format in-depth look at the events, tactics, and strategic considerations of battles of the Civil and Revolutionary Wars.  Experienced guides and military historians detail the circumstances and context of events both legendary and overlooked to provide a fascinating look at historical security case studies.

Staff rides require graduate students to conduct in-depth research into the perspective of a single leader in a given battle.  The students then offer a detailed presentation under rigorous faculty questioning of the factors that went into that individual’s decisions as well as the consequences thereof.