North-South Skirmish Association: Fall National Competition

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 unit represents a Civil War regiment or unit and wears the uniform they wore 150 years ago.

Member units compete 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 in the United States.

N-SSA members come from all over the country to Fort Shenandoah each fall for this National Competition. Competitions, called “skirmishes”, where participating teams shoot at breakable targets in several timed events. The teams with the lowest cumulative times win medals or other awards. Women participate along with the men in all events. There are also competitions for authenticity of Civil War period dress, both military and civilian, as well as lectures on topics of interest.

Spectators are welcome and admission is free. There is a large sutler area and food service is available. For more information, visit the N-SSA web site at: www.n-ssa.org.

 

 

Civil War Weekend

This special annual event that offers rare opportunities to see many sites as they may have looked at the time of the war.

This year, Civil War sites throughout the Winchester-Frederick-Clarke County area will once again join together to provide unique opportunities to experience the area’s remarkable wartime story. See details about last year’s event, below:

Schedule of Events

Download the Event Flyer 2019 (PDF)

Friday, August 16, 2019, 10am-4pm
Living History & Tours
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
The Company D, 2nd Maryland Infantry will be at Kernstown Battlefield all weekend. There will be living history demonstrations, battlefield tours, and the Pritchard House, museum, and gift shop will be open.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Friday, August 16, 2019, 10am-5pm
History Book Sale (Used Books)
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
A mammoth sale of used books and magazines, featuring primarily history-related titles. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s library and archives. (Sale runs Aug 3-18)
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Friday, August 16, 2019, 2pm
Battle of Cedar Creek Driving Tour
National Park Service Visitor Contact Station, (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645)
A two-hour guided tour, using a car-caravan system (visitors follow the ranger’s vehicle), covering the Battle of Cedar Creek in a chronological fashion.
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Friday, August 16, 2019, 6pm
History at Sunset – “Free at Last: The Complicated Road to Freedom for Emanuel Jackson”
Belle Grove Plantation, (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645)
This program will explore how one enslaved man, Emmanuel Jackson, Jr., from Belle Grove Plantation was purchased by his free black father, Emmanuel Jackson, Sr. from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and ultimately freed four years later.
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9am-Noon
Battle of Fisher’s Hill, Special Tour
National Park Service Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645)
This in-depth ranger led tour will examine the struggle for Fisher’s Hill, known as the “Gibraltar of theValley.” The program will be conducted using a car caravan system (follow the ranger’s vehicle) for this chronological tour across the Fisher’s Hill battlefield. Some walking involved.
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9:30-10:30am
Old Town Winchester Walking Tour – “Quite a Panic”: Winchester’s Civilians During the Civil War’s Bloodiest Year
Meet at Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Join Prof. Jonathan Noyalas, director of Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute, to explore the ways Winchester’s demographically diverse population confronted, coped with, and navigated the complexities of life in war-torn Winchester during the war’s decisive year in the Shenandoah Valley.
Cost: Free
www.facebook.com/McCormickCivilWarInstitute

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10am-Noon
“Hands-On History” Youth Event
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Special Civil War youth event where youngsters will to take on different roles – from serving as a member of a cannon crew to a soldier telling his story with Civil War graffiti.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10am-4pm
Living History & Tours
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
The Company D 2nd Maryland Infantry will be at Kernstown Battlefield all weekend. There will be living history demonstrations, battlefield tours, and the Pritchard House, museum and gift shop will be open.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10am-5pm
History Book Sale (Used Books)
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
A mammoth sale of used books and magazines, featuring primarily history-related titles. Proceeds from the sale will go towards the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s library and archives. (Sale runs August 3-18)
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11am
“The Journey to Becoming Stonewall”
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
Brian Daly, docent at Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, will give an illustrated talk “The Journey to Becoming Stonewall”, a presentation on Stonewall Jackson’s life from birth to the trial of John Brown.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11:30am and 2:30pm
“Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box”
Belle Grove Plantation lawn, (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645)
A 30 minute overview program on the Battle of Cedar Creek and its impact. This interactive program uses various props and the surrounding landscape features to “create” and explain the battle by literally placing visitors “in the middle of the battlefield.”
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 17, 2019, Program at 11am, Photography until 5pm
Wet Plate Photography
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Harrington Traveling Photograph Artists will present a program on wet plate collodion photography, demonstrating the techniques used for Civil War-era photography, at 11am. Following the program, visitors will have the opportunity to have their photographs taken using this historic method (fee to purchase).
Cost: Free, fee to purchase photos
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, Noon-5pm
“A Soldier’s Life”: Living History
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun St, Winchester, VA 22601)
Living historians will be on the courthouse lawn in front of the museum, portraying a soldier’s life in camp and on the march, and recounting harrowing stories of fighting in the streets of Winchester.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1pm
Blue-Grey Sweets: The Unexplored World of Civil War Sweets, (1861-1865)
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
We hear the stories of the heroes. The excitement and pain of the battles. But little is known about the role of sugars and sweets of the Civil War, those which the soldiers relished and relied on. Some were new, such as the peanut, others were traditional, such as the horehound candy, part of the American diet since the early settlers. Speaker Susan Benjamin is a candy historian and owner of the nation’s only historic candy stores, located in Harpers Ferry, WV, and Frederick, MD.
Cost: $5 (includes museum admission)
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1-4pm
Battle of Cedar Creek, Special In-Depth Tour
Belle Grove Plantation, (336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown, VA 22645)
This in-depth ranger led tour will examine the Battle of Cedar Creek, the climatic struggle of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. The program will be conducted using a car caravan tour (follow the ranger’s vehicle) for this chronological tour across the Cedar Creek battlefield. Some walking involved.
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 2pm
Civil War Archaeology Program: “United We Unveil, Divided We Bury: How Civil War Archaeologists and Relic Hunters Can Work Together”
Trinity Lutheran Church, (810 Fairfax Street, Stephens City, VA 22655)
Northern Shenandoah Archaeology Society President Mike Kehoe discusses how relic hunting can impact Civil War archaeology, including for the better.
Cost: Free
www.newtownhistorycenter.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 3pm
“To Gettysburg and Back”: The Bell Diary
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Harry and Trish Ridgeway present the story of Confederate Private Robert Sherrard Bell as told through his diary entries, including his experiences at the Second Battle of Winchester and the Battle of Gettysburg. Bell was a member of the famous Bell Family of Winchester who lived in Linden Hill (the Bell House), and the uncle of Stewart Bell Jr., Mayor of Winchester from 1972-1980.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4pm
“Linden Hill: The Bell House”: Guided Tour
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Tour the Winchester landmark that was at the center of the town’s wartime and postwar story. The home includes Bell family furnishings and collections which have been passed down for generations, including the famous case clock that was stopped by the concussion of Union artillery fire during the Third Battle of Winchester.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 10am-4pm
Living History & Tours
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
The Company D 2nd Maryland Infantry will be at Kernstown Battlefield all weekend. There will be living history demonstrations, battlefield tours, and the Pritchard House, museum and gift shop will be open.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 11am
Artillery Program
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
Larry Turner will give a presentation on the artillery of the Battles of First and Second Kernstown, and Third Winchester.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, Noon-4pm
“Civil War vs. American Revolution”
Discover scientific changes between the American Revolution and the Civil War with first person interpretation and hands-on activities! Learn about a soldier’s life in each era with the Mosby Heritage Area Association, plus life on the homefront at historic Clermont farm.
Clermont Farm
801 E. Main Street, Berryville | FREE
www.mosbyheritagearea.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 1pm
“Civil War Tales of Old Winchester”
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
Local historian Jerry Holsworth will give a presentation entitled “Civil War Tales of Old Winchester.” It will include interesting stories about Winchester’s unsung heroes and victims during the Civil War.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 1-5pm
History Book Sale (Used Books)
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
A mammoth sale of used books and magazines, featuring primarily history-related titles. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s library and archives. (Sale runs Aug 3-18)
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 2:30pm
“Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box”
Belle Grove Plantation lawn, (336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown)
A 30 minute overview program on the Battle of Cedar Creek and its impact. This interactive program uses various props and the surrounding landscape features to “create” and explain the battle by literally placing visitors “in the middle of the battlefield.”
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

More Information:
Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center
Open Sat. and Sun. 9am-5pm
Visitor Info & Civil War Orientation
(540) 542-1326

Civil War Historical Impressions

The Civil War Historical Impressions, Inc. will be joining us for the weekend. CWHI is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They are a group of Civil War Educators, Living Historians and Reenactors committed to teaching through lectures, encampments, school events and battle scenarios to name a few. Come meet “Stonewall” Jackson and Dr. McGuire, among others. Kid friendly and free. For more information on the CWHI, please call Harry Sonntag at (267) 760-5716.