The current class of newly commissioned United States Marine Corps officers visited the Chancellorsville Battlefield on March 22, led by one of the expert historians from the Marine Corps University. During the twenty-six week long Basic School, or TBS, the new officers are provided with extensive classroom, field, and practical application training on subjects ranging from weapons and tactics to leadership and protocol. The TBS mission statement explains they will "Train and educate newly commissioned or appointed officers in the high standards of professional knowledge, esprit de corps, and leadership in order to prepare them for duty as company grade officers in the operating forces, with particular emphasis on the duties, responsibilities and warfighting skills required of a rifle platoon commander."
After their tour the class had an opportunity to relax and check out the Visitor Center.
Many visited the site of General Stonewall Jackson's mortal
wounding and associated monuments and markers.
They were particularly interested in the circumstances that led
to Jackson being accidentally fired on by his own men.
The discussions continued on the front lawn at CVC.
Support vehicles followed the convoy of six buses, as seen below.
The Visitor Center picnic area served their needs at lunch time.
They were very impressed with the battlefield and the park's interpretive signs.
This display of Civil War artillery projectiles got a lot of attention.
Around 1:30 PM, it was back to the bus convoy for the return trip to Quantico.