By Kyle Jillson | February 18 2012 13:42

Civil War preservation group to compete with era specific firearms and artillery in Virginia

Firing a cannon at the 2011 Noth-South Skirmish Association's National Competitions The North-South Skirmish Association, created in 1950 to honor the soldiers from both sides of the American Civil War, promotes the shooting of Civil War firearms and artillery. But they don't stop there, they also encourage the preservation and display of Civil War materials such as their firearms, the battlefields and the uniforms.

Throughout the year, N-SSA holds "skirmishes" where the units, comprised of fellow association members, compete against each other.

The Spring Nationals, held May 16-20, at Fort Shenandoah, the association's home range, will feature matches for smoothbore, mortar, breechloader, carbine, revolver and more. You might even see a few members of the NRA staff walking around.

Just outside Winchester, Virginia, lies Fort Shenandoah. The expansive range of the N-SSA sits on several hundred acres of land in the rolling hills of the lower Shenandoah Valley.

Skirmishes, especially the Nationals, are always a great time. In addition to the shooting events, there are arts and crafts, costume competitions and a number of "socials" for the whole family to enjoy. The range even features campsites so that the participants are never too far from the action.

Sound like fun? Then why not join? The N-SSA is always happy to have new members. Click here to learn about joining the association or watch the video below. 

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