The N-SSA: Keeping the Memory Alive
- Published on Sunday, 26 June 2011 21:27
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|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.|
Skirmishing is a unique sport. The heart of skirmishing is company competition with individual firearms; in effect, a contest to determine which group of eight competitors can eliminate a set of breakable targets faster than all other groups of eight. It is marksmanship against a stopwatch.
Skirmishing also is unique because of its historical basis. The American Civil War is a subject that fascinates tens of thousands of our citizens. Skirmishers enjoy re-creating that history through competition with the firearms of that war. Each of our member organizations takes its name and uniform from a historically documented unit that served during the war years. In this way, we commemorate the heroism of soldiers and civilians of both the Union and the Confederacy who took part in the epic struggle of 1861-65.
The N-SSA was organized in 1950 to promote the shooting of Civil War firearms and artillery. Although most of our members live in the eastern half of the United States, some unit rosters show addresses as far away as California, Florida, and Texas.
Two National Skirmishes are held annually at Fort Shenandoah, the N-SSA’s 400acre facility near Winchester, Virginia. Nearly sixty regional skirmishes are held each year in the N-SSA's thirteen regions.
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 costuming classes and competitions, children's programs, dances, cook-outs, and trips to "Sutler Row," where vendors display and sell Civil War firearms, accoutrements, and clothing.
130th Nationals - An Excellent Event!
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- Published on Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:33
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CIVIL WAR HERITAGE PRESERVATION
|The crew of the 3rd U. S. Artillery carefully loads their siege mortar during the mortar matches at the North-South Skirmish Association’s 127th National Competition held in May. Over 50 mortars competed in this unique match. The 130th National will be held October 1-5, 2014 at the Association’s home range, Fort Shenandoah, near Winchester, Virginia.|
One of the Association’s founding units, the Washington Blue Rifles, won the musket match with a terrific time of 440.7 seconds for the five-event program, beating the second place 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry by over 50 seconds. A total of 206 eight-member teams participated in this N-SSA signature competition. The 9th Virginia Cavalry triumphed over 147 other teams in winning the carbine company match. The Dismal Swamp Rangers won the smoothbore musket match and the 2nd Maryland Artillery (CSA) took the gold in the breech loading rifle match. The Iredell Blues won the four-event revolver team match with a spectacular time of 101.9 seconds. The 149th Pennsylvania Infantry finished first in single shot rifle match for the third consecutive National. In the artillery competitions, a near record 49 guns participated in the cannon matches. The winners included Hardaway’s Alabama Battery in the smoothbore class; the 3rd U.S. Infantry in the rifled class; the 3rd U. S. Infantry again in the howitzer class and the 1st Maryland Cavalry in the rifled howitzer class. Sixty-three mortars competed in that match with the 5th Virginia Infantry taking the gold medals.
The N-SSA is the country’s oldest and largest Civil War shooting sports organization with over 3,200 individuals that make up its 200 member units. Each represents a particular unit or regiment and proudly wears the uniform they wore over 150 years ago.
You can see the results here: http://www.n-ssa.org/vbforum/showthread.php/9790-130th-National-Skirmish-Results . We will post formatted results linked on this page shortly.