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North-South Skirmish Association holds 135th annual live fire competition

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm

The North-South Skirmish Association held its 135th National Competition May 19 to 21, 2017 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.
The consistently excellent 110th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) won two team matches at this spring national. They won the musket match with a time of 495.3 seconds for the five-event program, beating the next closest unit by a solid 24 seconds. A total of 176 eight-member teams participated in this N-SSA signature competition. The 8th Virginia Infantry triumphed over 140 other teams in winning the carbine company match for the second consecutive national. Winners again, the 110th OVI won the smoothbore musket match and 2nd Maryland Artillery won the breech loading rifle match by a healthy 43 seconds. The Iredell Blues won the four-event revolver team match and the 149th PVI scored their second consecutive gold medal in the single shot rifle match. The 46th Illinois Volunteer Infantry won the Spencer class match, also for the second consecutive national. In the artillery competition, 48 guns braved the 90 degree weather and participated in the cannon matches. The winners included Hardaway’s Battery in the smoothbore class; the 3rd U.S. Infantry in the rifled class; the Rowan Artillery in the howitzer class and the 1st Maryland Cavalry won the rifled howitzer class. A total of 50 mortars competed in that match with the 35th Virginia Cavalry (White’s Company) 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 136th National Competition is scheduled for October 6 to 8, 2017 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 or visit our web site at

-From Contributed Reports