The North-South Skirmish Association, Inc.
The N-SSA: Remembering Those Who Fought
|The N-SSA promotes the competitive shooting of Civil War firearms and artillery and encourages the preservation of battlefields, artifacts and education of the period.|
The North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) was formed in 1950 to commemorate the heroism of the men, of both sides, who fought in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. The N-SSA promotes the shooting of Civil War firearms and artillery and encourages the preservation and display of Civil War materials. The N-SSA works to accomplish these goals by conducting skirmishes; competitive, live firing of these Civil War firearms and artillery.
Ft. Shenandoah is the N-SSA's home range. It is located on several hundred acres of land in the rolling hills of the lower Shenandoah Valley, just outside of Winchester, Virginia. Facilities include the country's widest (over a quarter mile) rifle range controlled from a single tower, a separate revolver range, and private camping.
Member units are assigned campsites for their use throughout the year. Most competitors and their families spend skirmish weekends on the range - a particularly enjoyable experience during the prime camping seasons of late May (Spring Nationals) and early October (Fall Nationals).
Planned activities for a typical skirmish weekend include children's programs, dances, cook-outs, and trips to "Sutler Row," where vendors display and sell Civil War firearms, accoutrements, and clothing.
Watch our video below to get a front-row view of how exciting skirmishing can be!
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There is a N-SSA team for you!
- Do you love competitive shooting?
- Do you have a love of Black Powder shooting?
- Maybe a love of Civil War history?
Our National Recruiting Officer will gladly help you in determining which region may be the best for you to contact
Interested individuals may also form a new unit, and muster into service in the N-SSA. The procedures involved in this method can be found in our Probationary Unit Guide.