The North-South Skirmish Association held its 133rd National Competition May 20-22, 2016 at Fort Shenandoah near Winchester, Virginia. Member units competed in live-fire matches with original or authentic reproduction Civil War period muskets, carbines, breech loading rifles, revolvers, mortars and cannons. It is the largest Civil War event of its kind.
Despite a few bouts with cold and rainy conditions, the stalwarts who braved the storm competed with their usual gusto and enjoyed the competition and camaraderie.
The 149th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry were the big winners at this spring national. They won the musket match with a solid time of 469.5 seconds for the five-event program, beating the next closest unit by 26.1 seconds. A total of 149 soggy eight-member teams participated in this N-SSA signature competition. The 149th PVI also triumphed over 112 other teams in winning the carbine company match. The Nansemond Guards won the smoothbore musket match and the 2nd Maryland Artillery the breech loading rifle match. The Iredell Blues won the four-event revolver team match and the 149th PVI again finished first in the single shot rifle match.
The 46th Illinois Volunteer Infantry won the new Spencer class match. In the artillery competitions, 42 guns braved the weather and participated in the cannon matches. The winners included the Dixie Artillery in the smoothbore class; the 15th Independent Battery Ohio Light Artillery in the rifled class; the 3rd U. S. Infantry in the howitzer class and the 5th Virginia Volunteer Infantry in the rifled howitzer class. A whopping 67 mortars competed in that match with the Hazelwood Volunteers taking the gold medal.
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.
The 134th National Competition is scheduled for October 7-9, 2016 at Fort Shenandoah, just north of Winchester, Virginia. For more information about the N-SSA, contact Public Information Officer, Bruce Miller, at (248) 258-9007 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our web site at www.n-ssa.org.
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