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Bring someone ages 8-18 with you; space is limited.

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Join us at Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, one of America's premier historical attractions.

Pamplin Historical Park

6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA 23803, USA


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The Cadet Conference was founded by Civil War Trust member Bob Briney with a generous donation from his estate.

Cadet Conference

Pamplin Historical Park, Petersburg, Virginia

Leadership. Teamwork. Ethics. Responsibility.

Bring someone between the ages of 8-18 — your child, grandchild, or friend — for a FREE special event to live like a Civil War soldier, as part of our Civil War Trust Generations program. The Cadet Conference was founded by Civil War Trust member Bob Briney with a generous donation from his estate.

It’s one thing to read about how Civil War soldiers lived, marched and fought but DOING so is far more profound. Put on the uniform, don your gear and experience how soldiers drilled, fought, ate and slept during the Civil War. On the very same fields where the youth of the past had their “hearts touched with fire,” your youngsters will participate in activities designed to strengthen the virtues of leadership, teamwork, ethics, and responsibility—such as confronting moral challenges and leading their peers through tactical skirmishes.

Take a battlefield tour, march in line of battle, eat some hardtack and sleep in Civil War quarters under experienced, professional instructors at Pamplin Historical Park. Event runs from 10 am Saturday to 10 am Sunday.


  • Minimum age for this event is 8. 
  • Space is limited.
  • This event involves periods of walking up to 400 yards, sleeping in huts without air conditioning and heated (if needed) only by fire. You need to bring your own bedding and abide by the rules and regulations of the Pamplin Park Adventure Camp. See details »


Tentative Sample Schedule

Saturday, September 12

  • 10:00 amArrive at the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
  • 10:15 amExtended walking tour of the Breakthrough Battlefield and Battlefield Center
  • 12:30 pmLunch
  • 1:30 pmWalking tour of Tudor Hall Plantation & Field Quarter, with hands-on activities
  • 2:15 pmExplore "Duty Called Me Here" exhibit
  • 3:30 pmDrive to and arrive at Hart Farm for overnight Civil War Adventure Camp
  • 4:00 pmCivil War Adventure Camp events begin

Sunday, September 13

  • 10:00 amCivil War Adventure Camp events conclude
2015-09-12 2015-09-13

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