The N-SSA Costume Competition is open to anyone interested in the civilian clothing worn during the years 1861 through 1865.  In order to compete in competition, you must be issued a competitor number, register for competition according to the established procedures, and have not been barred from N-SSA activities. Both the Civilian Costume competition and the Robert L. Miller Award were created to encourage historical research, production and the wearing of authentic Civil War clothing at N-SSA shooting events for public education of both participants and the general public.

Sewing Circle – no fees charged, all are welcomed to attend.
N-SSA member’s child: $3.00
N-SSA member, teen or adult family member: $5.00
Non-member adult participation: $10.00
Non-member children under 12 years of age: $5.00 (exception of Boy’s Military and Civilian, which is under 15 years of age)


Special Projects Registration Form Spring

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Click here for Competition Registration Form


The Susan Brisbin Special Project award is presented at each nationals. The costume committee determines the single item for this competition. The item could be an underpinning, accessory, or specific article of clothing.

  • The item may be for a man, woman or child.
  • Items are judged on a point system.

Judging for the Special projects is held on Saturday of each nationals and you must register for this competition.

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The N-SSA isn't just about shooting competition, we are dedicated to preserving all the history of the time, and that includes the clothing that was worn during the time of the Civil War. Our members, both men and women, produce some very fine clothing, ranging from children to soldiers, men and women, casual and formal.