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The Last Hurrah.
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

Blue-Grey Ball

Fall Nationals at Fort Shenandoah has come to a close, and now we wind down for another winter. The 116th Nationals ran from October 3rd - 7th, 2007 and was a rather busy few days. The weather was great - hot and dry; the first Nationals in quite a while that had no rain. There were a great many activities going on in addition to the shooting events, both educational and fun. The Blue-Grey Ball is growing, with more members attending in full garb and the Irish Jam looked to be a happening place. With the full schedule, it seems like a vacation may be needed after Nationals just to unwind.

I decided to stick with the layout used for the Spring Nationals for the team results, since there are many to cover. Listed is the class that had any Northwest Territory (NWT) unit competing, their ranking, time or score (as appropriate), and a comments field (events listed are within the top 10 of that class). Highlighted places indicate a medal was won. 15 of the 21 NWT teams were represented on the line.

Team Summary

For the individual results I listed members who placed in the top 20 of their classes for individuals (highlighted places indicate a medal was won). There were 11 NWT teams represented in the top 20's listed below.

Individuals Summary Little Reb

Cooper Goetz (grandson of Kevin & Donna Coney of the 7th Tennessee Infantry) won 1st place in the children's costume competition and also won the Potomac Award (also known as the John Elton Award) which is presented for the most points awarded in the costume competition. He is the first from the NWT to win the Potomac Award. The 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry won the Lee A. Wallace Award, which is an annual award presented for the most deserving N-SSA unit that has demonstrated service and commitment to educating the public about the history of the War Between the States. This award was for the many educational demonstrations and presentations that they do each year. Kudos to the winners of these awards.

Light show

In other miscellaneous points to ponder, the NWT this year fielded 3 new artillery pieces during the cannon matches, two of which were the Ellesworth Mountain Rifles that were written about in the skirmish line. I know these pieces attracted a lot of attention due to their breech-loading mechanism based on the number of people who stopped by to take a look. And in a personal triumph, Ben Betterly (111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry) set a new personal best record in carbine by hitting 26 of 33 shots in a National match. All in all, it seemed like everyone had a good time and we all made it back safely.

Photos courtesy of Paul & Barb Postill along with Allissa Weber.

Trailing Away.
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

On the Line

In the second of two regional events at the Carleton Sportsman's Club we finished our Northwest Territory regional skirmish schedule. The event was held September 7th through 9th, and was a pleasant conclusion to the season. The weather was fairly warm with only a burst of rain Saturday night. That was a little more water than our skirmish director, Jim Weber of Battery "C", First Michigan Light Artillery, had promised, but the event was enjoyable. Our hosts, the members of Battery "C", brought several games for the evening's entertainment and we sat around entertaining ourselves until the early morning hours socializing and reveling in friendship. With all of the events ongoing, it almost seemed that we had trouble finding time to shoot.

Hold that thought

There were some close results in the team competitions. In carbine class AAA the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry held the day with a 160 second lead over the 110th OV, who maintained a slight 5.6 second lead over the 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry. The 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantryn held a 15 second lead over the 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry to finish first in carbine class AA and the 110th OV finished first in call B competition. In the breechloader class the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry beat their rivals, the 110th OVI, by 54 seconds. The revolver competition was tight with the 110th OVI in first with a time of 67.9 seconds, followed by the 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry 25.4 seconds behind and the 19th Michigan Volunteer Infantry 18 seconds behind them. In smoothbore the 110th strode to a first place time of 366.6 seconds, ahead of the 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry by 25.3 seconds. And to conclude with the musket matches, the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry musket team almost bested the national champions (110th OVI) for first place in class AAA musket, but for a penalty for an unhit target costing them the lead. They took second place 4.1 seconds behind the 110th, but still held a lead over the 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry of 150 seconds. Behind the 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry was the 6th Wisconsin by 15.5 seconds. In class AA the 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry took first place over the 19th Michigan Volunteer Infantry by over a minute, and 5th Battery, Michigan Light Artillery squeezed by the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry by 1.5 seconds to finish third. In class A the 15th Regiment Virginia Volunteer Cavalry stormed to a first place finish ahead of the 8th Regiment of Michigan Cavalry and Loomis' Battery took third place. And in other awards, Doc Mandy of the 15th Regiment Virginia Volunteer Cavalry won the Bob Scheele award for demonstrating years of true skirmisher's spirit.

A moment of leisure

So with the conclusion of the last regional skirmish of the year there are just a few things left to say. I'm paraphrasing something a teammate sent to me after the shoot was over (with my thanks). After I got home and when I got all my stuff put away it hit me - I was done with another year of skirmishing. It was depressing. I started thinking about what a good year it had been and realized how much fun I had this year. This weekend was everything that makes skirmishing what it should be - FUN. From the time you hit camp 'till you leave to go home. Win or lose, this group is there to enjoy the camaraderie and competition that makes this sport unique. And so with fun, frivolity, and friendship the NWT season fades away.

Monsoon Season.
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

The Firing Line at Carleton

In the first of two regional events at the Carleton Sportsman's Club, the skirmish held August 24th through 26th was a soggy reminder of the power of nature. Our hosts, the 14th Tennessee Infantry Regiment and the 8th Regiment Michigan Cavalry, had high winds and heavy rains trying to renovate the range on Friday night, blowing over the tower and speakers as well as making the range wet enough that it was only accessible by foot. The rains caused a bit of standing water in the parking lot where most people were camped, but did not squash the games later that evening (after the waters retreated).

1st Medals

On Sunday morning during opening ceremonies, there were some technical difficulties with the tape player for the P.A. system, so instead of playing the National Anthem and Dixie the competitors on the field sung both songs (a first as far as I can recall). It is also now apparent why we wear earplugs (just kidding)! As they say in show business: "the show must go on" and so it did. The host staff made things work so we could get on with the day's activities and we did our best to have a good time (as always). I was able to witness a few events that I found interesting. The first was seeing a smoothbore being shot in the 100 yard musket team event (and getting a definitive hit). The other event I got to watch was a first medal being won by several newer members. Twana Pinskey and Pam Naylor of the Huron Rangers Riflemen, 5th Michigan Volunteer Infantry enjoyed giving a medal to Bill Hanusik of the 7th Tennessee Infantry, who had farmed out with them. I believe that it was first medals all around (and a surprise to Bill).

In another note, an incident I saw reminded me of the resourcefulness and helpfulness of our skirmishers. I saw members of several teams working together to repair the refrigerator in one of the motor homes on site, including the procurement of parts. This is just another example of why this sport means so much to me.

Bushwhackers

In the team competitions, the heat was on. The 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry musket team bested the national champions (110th OVI) for first place in class AAA musket by almost 3 minutes. In musket class AA, 5th Battery, Michigan Light Artillery took first by a 50+ second lead over the 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry held a 6.4 second lead over the 7th Tennessee Infantry to finish third. The 15th Regiment Virginia Volunteer Cavalry held a truly commanding lead in class A of 564 seconds! In carbine class AAA the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry held a 54 second lead over the 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry and the 110th OVI beat the 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry by a narrow 1.8 seconds. In class AA the 7th Tennessee Infantry took first with an 86 second lead over the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry and the 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantryn B team took first by almost 90 seconds in the class B competition. For smoothbore, the 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry took a commanding lead of over 2 minutes over Battery "C", First Michigan Light Artillery and in breechloader class the 110th OVI cut their nearest competitors' time almost in half.

Photos courtesy of Chuck Kintz & Allissa Weber.

50 Years of Fun.
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

Richmond Opening Ceremonies

This season marks the 50th anniversary of the Northwest Territory (NWT), and the Snyderville range was chosen as the site for the celebration. The skirmish was held at the Richmond Sportsman's Club on August 11th and 12th and the entire event was an overwhelming success. Our hosts, the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry, ran a fast paced skirmish with 5 team events (revolver, carbine, smoothbore, mortar, and musket) along with individual competitions. There was a pair of artillery pieces on display, as well as a spectator seating area with a view of the firing line and targets so visitors could watch the events. Members of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) who were on site for a meeting came out to watch us during their breaks on Saturday during the skirmish.

NWT 50th picnic

The annual NWT potluck picnic was a huge success, with 5 tables packed with food. The meat courses were 100lbs each of roast beef and roast pork, cooked by John McLeod of the 7th Tennessee. There was an abundance of salads and goodies (2 full tables dedicated solely to the desserts) and four cakes to feed the hungry masses. All I can say about dinner is that if you weren't there, then you missed out on a fine meal. After dinner people took to the games available, including bocce, horseshoes, and lawn darts. Also among the celebrations were Josh Mandy's (15th Virginia Cavalry) birthday and the 50th wedding anniversary of Lynn and Paul Adamisen, Sr. of the 24th Michigan. Inside the clubhouse were displays put together by several teams showing their team history and that of the NWT. It was fun to look at some of the pictures on display that haven't seen the light of day for a decade or more. Also included in the displays were items of apparel and a musket to provide an example of the uniforms we wear and the firearms we compete with.

The cook's review

In the team competitions, the heat was on. The 4th Michigan took first in the revolver match with a 90 second lead over the 19th Michigan. The 1st Michigan bested the 111th Ohio Volunteers for first place in class AAA carbine by 90 seconds, due in part to the 111th OVI's entire carbine A team running out of ammo during the last event. The 24th Michigan held a 37 second lead over the 7th Tennessee to lead carbine class AA competition and the 1st Michigan had a 445 second lead over the 111th OVI in carbine class B. The 14th Tennessee fought to maintain a 28 second lead over the 7th Tennessee after the last event in the smoothbore competition to carry home first place medals. And in musket team results the 111th OVI carried enough ammo to finish the musket match in first place with a 90 second lead over the 1st Michigan in class AAA. The 7th Wisconsin cruised to a first place finish in musket class AA with a lead of over 200 seconds and the 15th Virginia Cavalry finished with a 100 second lead for first place in class A competition. The remaining team match was the mortar competition, which was won by the 7th Michigan with an impressive combined score of 32' 11" from their best 5 shots. This score would have been one of the top scores at Nationals.

Richmond commanders' meeting

Something that I thought was really neat about this skirmish is that every team in the region but one (excluding the host team) fielded a musket team on Sunday, and that unit had not only fielded a team Saturday, but also took home gold. I was impressed to see the outpouring of goodwill by the members of this region and everyone seemed to have a good time. I am proud of what this region has accomplished over the last 50 years, and I hope that we can continue to carry forward the pride, passion, and excitement for at least 50 years more.

Photos courtesy of Karen Gibson of the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry.

The Full Monty.
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

Cannons firing by battery

The Blue Water skirmish held at the Blue Water Sportsman's Association was probably the busiest regional skirmish of the season. Held the weekend of July 21st and 22nd, this skirmish had almost every team event held at Nationals (missing only breechloader). The skirmish was hosted by the 24th Michigan and the 15th Virginia Cavalry and the days were full of shooting as each team match had plenty of events (seven events for musket and carbine and six events for smoothbore). It was definitely an enjoyable weekend with plenty of shooting.

Unquestionable hit

A comment that I was passed was in regards to the friendliness and openness of our membership. Twana Pinskey of the Huron Rangers had her nephew out to see the end of the musket match and the cannon match. He was very impressed and couldn't wait to shoot with us, and asked a slew of questions to one of the teams setting up a cannon. Those members took the time to answer his questions and explain the fundamentals to him while they were readying their piece. She said that she was again impressed by the quality of the membership of our organization. And on the topic of cannons there were two members who got their first experiences with artillery pieces and won first place medals at the same time while filling in on gun crews (Jason Walters, 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics and Matt Schooley, 7th Tennessee).

Does this come with instructions?

For the team results, the 111th Ohio Volunteers continued to collect first place medals in class AAA musket and carbine, but the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry came in a close second in musket, less than 17 seconds behind with the 1st Michigan less than 48 seconds out of second place. The 7th Wisconsin dominated the musket class AA competition with a 260+ second lead over their closest competitors, and the 8th Michigan Cavalry strolled into first place in class A musket competition. In class AA carbine, the 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics held an 84 second lead over the 7th Wisconsin, who kept a 22.5 second lead over the 7th Tennessee in third place.

111th OVI

In the revolver team event the 4th Michigan held a first place lead of 91.4 seconds, almost equal to their total match time. And in smoothbore results the 1st South Carolina took first place with a 130+ second lead. There was a progressive march for the smoothbore team match in which a volley fire happened at six different range increments, with the 1st South Carolina and the 7th Tennessee both hitting 17 out of 18 shots on the target. The mortar match resulted in a win by the 7th Tennessee gun #2 captained by Kevin Coney and the artillery match was won by an impressive 50-1V score out of a possible 50-5V by the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry (captained by Wally Gibson).

Capac's 150th Anniversary Event. - July 20, 2007
Norm Gibson, 1st South Carolina Volunteers..

NWTers Demonstrate Artillery on the Ball Field in Capac.

Brian Haack and Bob Hubbard of the 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Norm and Dianne Gibson, Don Iveson, and Sean Buckert of the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry, and Bert Braunsteiner of Purcell's Battery demonstrated the loading and firing of a 24 pdr Coehorn mortar, a Williams Gun, and a 10 pdr Parrott. Brian Haack also demonstrated rapid firing a smoothbore musket.

When the spectators, young and old, first arrived they were allowed to gather around the various pieces of artillery. They asked lots of questions which where answered by the various crew members. Then the crowd was asked to move behind the outfield fence of the ball diamond we were using for the demonstration. Everyone applauded when the Coehorn rolled a shell up to the second base target. The Williams gun's loud report startled more than a few people. The Parrott was fired at a couple of different "targets" to maximize its report, finally settling on bouncing the sound off of a building between the ball fields. During its firing the people who were going to put on the fireworks display fired a few rockets in what sounded like an attempt to compete with the reports the Parrott, but they finally gave up.

This gave us some very good publicity, and a number of people took N-SSA brochures from us, and some even came to the Blue Water Skirmish as a result. Thanks goes to Linda and Brian Haack for setting this up.

Confessions of a Novice Smoothbore Shooter.
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

1st South Carolina A Carbine at Defiance -Dave Goodwin, Chris Hubbard, Wally Gibson, Dan Gibson, Jim Zeeman

While on location at the Defiance County Law Enforcement Range between Bryan and Defiance, Ohio the weekend of July 14th and 15th, I got the chance to participate in my first smoothbore team match. Our affable hosts, the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, made every effort to ensure that things ran smooth. The wind played havoc with the target frames, but with plenty of ropes and stakes even that difficulty was overcome. And as Keith Davis, our skirmish director, stated: "It's not too hot". They did a great job as hosts, and it was a fun filled weekend. For the evening's entertainment, the campfire felt wonderful Friday night as the temperature dropped down enough that sweatshirts and jackets were appropriate. And there were several games of "Cornhole" going on, which consisted of trying to land beanbags on a board with a hole on it (or make it though the hole). I was instructed by Pete Zauner & Mike Rousch Jr. (of the 110th OVI) on how to play this interesting game.

15th Virginia Cavalry

As for results, during the carbine match, Jim Weber of Battery "C" got all 5 moskeet targets. Feeling that since he did so well, as his musket team formed on the line on Sunday for the moskeet event, the rest of the team stepped back to leave only him on the firing line (momentarily). With the attendance of several Midwest Region teams the Defiance skirmish was among the largest of Northwest Territory regionals, with 7 Breechloader teams, 12 Smoothbore teams, 24 Carbine teams, and 23 Musket teams competing.

Greg Clark getting medals

In the smoothbore competition the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry took first with a 45 second lead over their nearest competitor. The 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics were the highest ranked Northwest team in the Breechloader event. In carbine class AAA the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry took second place behind the 110th OVI from the Midwest, but kept a 15 second lead over the 1st Michigan. In class AA, the 24th Michigan took second place after the 2nd OVI from the Midwest and retained a slim 9.4 second lead over the 7th Tennessee. All in all, it was a nice weekend. There was no scorching heatwave, and a good time was had surrounded by good people.

Big Bore "Blow-out" at Batesville, IN - JUNE 22-24, 2007
Jan Cross, 1st Michigan Volunteers..

Rich Cross of the 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry competes in all events with .69 cal. firearms.

Rich Cross with .69 Calibre Arms.

In carbine team a .69 cal. Model 1847 carbine, assembled by Rick Simmons of the 14th Tennessee Infantry Regiment delivers a 35sc.-hit time.

Moving on to smoothbore team Rich uses a .69 cal. Palmetto Armory Musket assembled by Tom Lagoe of the 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry.

Sunday morning dawns gray and cool for the main event, team musket. Rich competes with a M1842 rifled-musket cal. .69. Mr. Cross over comes his native modesty to inform us that the fat-bore '42 performed very well on team events and delivered a 47 - 2X to capture 3rd place musket in individual competition.

Following the Batesville shoot Rich spends a week in Virginia Beach, resting and conferring with an orthopedic specialist about an unexplained shoulder problem he has developed!

Under the (Not Quite) Tuscan Sun.
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

8th MI Cav

There was no waiter named Luciano and we hadn't traveled overseas, but the hosts at the Kalamazoo regional skirmish made every effort to ensure that we were as comfortable as possible. The host teams were the members of the 19th Michigan and 5th Battery and the event took place at the Kalamazoo Rod and Gun Club, located at 7533 North Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo on June 16th and 17th. The cool beverages provided by the hosts were greatly appreciated in the intense heat both Saturday and Sunday as the weather was a scorcher.

The host teams tried to make some events more interesting by adding a twist to the stake event and adding a new demonstration event. With the stake event, 4 clay pigeons were hung from the stake that also had to be hit. This made for a different strategy for a stake event in deciding how to shoot the targets. There also was a new demonstration event called "Smoothbore and More" in which teams consisted of 3 people, one of whom had to use a smoothbore and the other 2 had to use different firearms. This event was at the end of a long day of shooting in the hot sun, so participation was limited, but we had a great deal of fun. Chuck Kintz and I got to shoot a smoothbore for the first time in a team match as we borrowed Matt Schooley's smoothbore (all of the 7th Tennessee) for an event each during the match. It was interesting switching firearms each event (not that it was required), and I managed to break two 6" tiles and 3 clay pigeons on the pigeon board event with the smoothbore. In the end though, we were beaten rather soundly by Battery "C".

1st MI E&M

For other team results, the 111th OVI took first place in each event they entered (musket and carbine with A & B teams for both). Kitty Satterla of Battery "C" shot well during the carbine match with a borrowed gun, out-shooting the rest of her team. The 1st MI Engineers and Mechanics took first in the Breechloader competition with a time of 318.4 seconds, almost half that of their competition. But it was the first regional shoot of the year, and I expect the competitions and rivalries to heat up as the season progresses. The remainder of the results can be found here.

Trophy Rabbit

Some things do not change over the course of the years, though. Sitting up at night talking with friends, and having fun laughing at things that people do; these are the things that I look forward to. Just ask Tim Cooper of the 110th OVI about his rabbit hunting experience.

Memorial Day Parade, Dearborn MI. - Monday May 28th, 2007
Chuck Kintz, 7th Tennessee and Chris Hubbard, NWT Commander.

Dearborn Parade Staging Area

The region had around twenty participants in the parade in Dearborn. The parade route, a short 2 miles of mostly level concrete, was lined with around 15,000 spectators, according to Channel 4 who was on scene, and filming the marchers.

We all met behind Henry Ford Centennial Library at around 9:30 and socialized for a few minutes until Chris Hubbard (1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry-in Union blue with an M1858 Black hat) got us organized, and showed us a few Civil War military drills, from Baxter's Manual for recruits.

We marched about a quarter of a mile to get to the start of the parade, which worked out well because it gave us time to work out the kinks. Most of us had not marched in a long time (if at all), and never as a unit, but by time we started the parade we were doing pretty well.

The parade was organized in several different staging areas and came together at the beginning of the route, which was a neat way of assembling the large number of participants. When we first started it looked like we would bring up the very rear of the column, but after being organized in with the other staging areas we ended up somewhere near the latter part of the middle.

It is hard to tell how we looked, but we sounded in step and the crowd did a lot of cheering as we passed. All in all everyone had a good time and we were well received. The weather was on the hot side but the parade wasn't that long. I guess the heat was not too bad, until the very end when the noon sun began its work. That sure made you appreciate your canteen of water. This was a fun activity, a great way to honor our nation's heroes, raise public awareness of our organization, and I sincerely hope we can participate again in the future.

Members of the 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Purcell's Battery, CSA. Virginia Volunteers, 7th Tennessee Infantry, 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry , 1st South Carolina, Dygert's Sharpshooters, 16th Michigan Infantry, and the 8th Regiment of Michigan Cavalry were present. The parade route was about 2 miles, down Michigan Ave, and had only one hill. The streets were literally crawling with people for nearly the whole distance. I think the banner the region now has did good service, and even our novice, or at best, unpolished drill (and commanding NCO) was cheered on many occasions.

Thanks go to all those involved, especially Doug Reed, 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, who played an impressive drum cadence, and Dave Goodwin of the 1st South Carolina for his great fife accompaniment. I also would like to thank the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry for the use of their national colors, and the 7th Tennessee Infantry for their 1st National colors. Thanks too go to Dennis Fyke and Bob Wooley, of the 8th Regiment of Michigan Cavalry, for setting up the event in conjunction with their SUV camp.

Thanks also go to the many other NWT members who observed Memorial Day through activities in their own home towns, with their SUV camps, or at wreath laying ceremonies. The parade, while it was nice to have a concerted NWT effort, was really more about observing the people who gave their lives in the past to make this country what it is. They shall not be forgotten.

A Sign of Things to Come.
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

Ben & Angel

Ahhh, Spring Nationals in Virginia. Another trip down to Fort Shenandoah just completed, and our skirmish season has officially begun. This was the 115th National skirmish and it ran from May 16th - 20th, 2007. I really enjoy my time at Nationals (though I could do without the rain). The memories of family and friends gathered around the campfire; cooking, eating, and socializing, are why I find Nationals to be so relaxing even with the sometimes hectic pace of events. It is also a good chance to catch up with friends that I haven't seen in far too long. There was great news in finding Corey Kline of the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) back from Iraq. He seemed to be healthy and in good spirits, even if he was a little tired on the line Sunday (something about never again until the next time). And Ben Betterlyís (111th OVI) new Shiloh Sharps is in the form of a ring on the finger of his fiancee Angel.

Chris Hubbard also deserves congratulations for winning the Robert L. Miller Award for Most Authentic Skirmisher. I found Chris finishing up his pants for the competition Thursday morning while also helping Wally Gibson (both of the 1st South Carolina) fix the seat of his van. I know he put a lot of time and energy into the competition.

Since there are a slew of team results to cover, I decided to change the layout slightly. In addition to the results I added a column for the team's highest ranked event (if within the top 10 for their class). Highlighted places indicate a medal was won.

Results - Team

Dan Gibson's 25yd smoothbore target

There were a few more tidbits that I found. Don Cooper (from Purcell's Battery) beat the rest of his carbine team by over 10 hits for the day! Chuck Kintz of the 7th Tennessee almost took his first individual medal at Nationals. And Dan Gibson of the 1st South Carolina, after driving through the night, shot some great smoothbore targets in the rain Friday morning. For the individual results (listed below) I listed members who placed in the top 20 of their classes for individuals in the chart below (highlighted places indicate a medal was won). The classes are as follows: St = Striker, Mm = Marksman, Ss = Sharpshooter, and Ex = Expert.

With all of the activities going on, such as the Irish Jam, barn dance, and historical lectures in the Veteran's Building it seems amazing that we can find time to wander around the Fort, visiting old friends and making new ones. And I still find it amazing to see how quickly the Fort empties out on Sunday afternoon, to watch that many vehicles file out through the exit road that quickly. It seems a shame to have to rush back home after such a relaxing trip.




Purcell's Battery

Results - Individuals

Learning a Lesson.
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

Having fun in the mud

On the morning of October 28th, students from Chris Hubbard's Civil War History class at Lakeshore High School gathered at the Blue Water Sportsman's Club for a day of demonstration in firearms of the period. The students also practiced the art of semaphore - communication using signal flags and experienced the type of rations available to soldiers of the period. They had to cook their lunch over open fires; preparing a meal that consisted of hardtack, salt pork, potatoes, and coffee to wash the meal down. With the weather being a cold and damp day, the students were able to experience some conditions that the original crews had to operate in. After lunch, the students split into groups and rotated through 5 stations, each with a different focus on an artillery piece. One station fired a 24 lb. coehorn mortar over a berm to demonstrate indirect fire. Another station fired a 10 lb. rifled cannon to demonstrate the accuracy of a rifled piece. A third station was a hands-on drill in the operation of a cannon, demonstrating with a Tredegar 12 lb. gun by Robinson's Battery. A fourth station showed off the unique mechanism of the Ellsworth gun, a small breechloading cannon, and the fifth station was a rapid fire of the William's gun, a revolutionary example of rebel ingenuity. After the students rotated through all of the stations, they had the pleasure of moving the Tredegar 12 lb. cannon into firing position for a demonstration of a canister shell.

Paying attention

After the artillery demonstrations were complete Chris lectured on the effectiveness of various types of sidearms; covered were the revolver, smoothbore musket, rifled musket, Spencer carbine, and the Henry rifle. The relative merits of each firearm were highlighted, and the accuracy of each was demonstrated. Following this, the N-SSA members worked one-on-one with the students in loading and firing a shoulder arm. Here the students had the opportunity to fire several types of muskets and carbines at a series of targets. When they finished the students returned home, hopefully with a greater appreciation for what the solders of the period had to do and to endure. I think that the students had an excellent time, and I know that I enjoyed spending time demonstrating to the students.

Members from the following units assisted in the demonstration: The 1st South Carolina was represented by Chris Hubbard, Sean Buckert, Dave Goodwin, Norm Gibson, Dan Gibson, Karen Gibson, Don Iveson, Phil Vermeulen and Mike Buckert. Paul Lipka and Chris Einowski stood for the 24th Michigan. The 7th Wisconsin was served well by Bob Hubbard and Brian Haack and the 7th Tennessee was represented by myself. Twana Pinskey, the newest member of the Huron Rangers, also was in attendance.


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