The North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) was originally formed in 1950 to commemorate the heroism of the men, of both sides, who fought in the American Civil War, 1861 - 1865. The N-SSA promotes the shooting of Civil War firearms and artillery and encourages the preservation and display of Civil War materials. The N-SSA works to accomplish these goals by conducting skirmishes; competitive, live firing of these Civil War firearms and artillery

Every region, including the Western Region hosts or offers regional skirmishes or shooting competitions through out the Eastern area of the USA. One can almost find a skirmish being held every weekend starting in April, all the way through October. These skirmishes vary is size, from 8 teams to 50 teams at a time. The events may vary also from regional skirmish to skirmish. Twice a year all the regional teams which number about 215 teams or units, are invited to Ft. Shenandoah, which is the N-SSA's home range. It is located on several hundred acres of land in the rolling hills of the lower Shanandoah 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.

Planned activities for a typical skirmish weekend may include camp fires, cook-outs, and of course shooting.  

Western Region

of the North-South Skirmish Association