GETTING THERE: Take I-95 south to I-85 south, past Richmond. Take Exit 63A (Route 1) from I-85. Turn left on Route 670 (Duncan Road). Go 1.1 miles past the entrance to Pamplin Historical Park to the sign for the Civil War Adventure Camp.

CIVIL WAR CAMPS: Pamplin has six more Civil War Adventure Camps scheduled, for July 23-24, July 30-31, Aug. 20-21, Sept. 3-4, Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 29-30. (Info: 877-726-7546, Organizers say they will add additional camps if those sell out. The cost is $70 per person, which includes admission to the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier. Campers must be at least 8 years old. Only those 14 and older carry the reproduction weapons. Anyone younger will be issued wooden toy muskets.

STAYING THERE: Close to Pamplin is the Holiday Inn Express Petersburg/Dinwiddie off I-85 at the Route 1 exit (5679 Boydton Plank Rd., 804-518-1515). Rooms start around $100 a night.

EATING THERE: Camp admission includes dinner and breakfast rations made from Civil War-era recipes. For dinner, you can fill your tin plate with beef stew, hardtack, fruit, doughnuts, fresh bread, coffee and shrub (fruit punch). If it's not raining, you'll eat your breakfast rations on the march. Vegetarians get a meatless version of both meals.

INFO: Petersburg Visitors Center, 800-368-3595,