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What a Finish...
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

7th Wisconsin

Another Nationals come and gone, and now it's a chance to reflect on this latest trip down to our national range. The Fall Nationals, held at Fort Shenandoah in Virginia, ran from September 30th through October 4th. There are a great deal of activities to squeeze into the short time we spend at Nationals, but that is part of the fun – the plentiful activities. There was rain on Wednesday, but the remainder of the weekend was dryer than has been traditional for the past several years.

The big news to share is that our very own 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry took first place in the musket class A-1 championship (with over a minute to spare)! And what makes the victory even sweeter is that their main contenders were not hosting. Since there are a slew of team and individual results to cover, I decided to summarize the National results based on NWT participation. 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.

Team Results Individual Results

Just looking around at nationals, you can see many things: from Halloween costumes to weddings to people wearing their hard-earned medals. This really is an organization for all types of people. Sometimes it is nice to take a moment to sit around the campfire with old and new friends and remember why we do this. We all have our own reasons for making the trek to Virginia. But as long as we keep on enjoying the experiences and just remember to have fun, then the next trip is only a few months away.

Nearing the end.
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

Opening ceremonies

The final regional skirmish of the year was at the Carleton Sportsman's Club on September 12th and 13th and was hosted by Battery "C", First Michigan Light Artillery. The weekend was enjoyable and there were many campfire discussions going on as the season wound down. It was also a time to celebrate, as several people had birthdays (as if we need an excuse).

Being the end of the season, there were a lot of awards to be presented. In addition to the medals awarded for the skirmish results, there were end of the season awards presented and also the Bob Scheele Award. The Bob Scheele award is for skirmisher spirit, for going above and beyond in demonstrating what skirmishing is all about. This year the award was given to John McLeod of the 7th Tennessee Infantry, who has been noted for rendering assistance whenever needed, such as fixing vehicles, sharing meals, and helping to set up ranges. A hearty congratulation is in order.

Keeping count

In the team event results, the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry held the lead in both the musket and carbine matches with a 47 second lead in the musket match and a two minute lead in the carbine competition. The 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics dominated the class A-2 musket event by a 2 ˝ minute lead. The Huron Rangers Riflemen, 5th Michigan Volunteer Infantry clenched the musket A-3 win. In the smoothbore event the 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry was the highest placed NWT team, finishing 125 seconds behind the Midwest Region's 110th OVI and 14.8 seconds ahead of the 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry. For the full results, please go to here

Shooting in the Rain.
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

Carbine match

The members of the 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry were the hosts for our annual skirmish at the Richmond Sportsman's Club held on August 8th and 9th. This skirmish was a busy weekend, with five different team competitions along with individual events. There was some severe rain on Saturday, but the revolver teams adapted and had a good time. We used all of the available canopies to shelter the ready area for loading and proceeded to shoot in the downpour. The rain lightened up for the carbine match and trailed off before the smoothbore match. The mortar match was moved to Sunday afternoon so we could all have more time to enjoy the picnic. And speaking of the picnic, I want to thank Peggy Edwards-Shaw for organizing another fine feast. This tradition began back at the Heritage range some 20 years ago, with skirmishers gathering together in the middle of the campground road with their tables & chairs to share a meal.

Dinner with Style

In the team competitions, the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry was unbeatable in the musket and carbine events, with significant leads over their competition in both events. In musket class A-2 the 5th Battery, Michigan Light Artillery edged out the 19th Michigan Volunteer Infantry by 7.9 seconds or a first place finish. In class A-3 the Huron Rangers Riflemen, 5th Michigan Volunteer Infantry held an almost 4 minute lead over the rest of their class. For carbine class A-2 the 8th Regiment of Michigan Cavalry pulled almost a full minute ahead of their competitors. The 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry squeaked 7.5 seconds in front of the 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics to take 1st place in the revolver competition. In smoothbore team results the 7th Tennessee Infantry's "B" team took a 1st place finish with an 80 second lead and the 7th Tennessee Infantry's mortar team took the lead in their competition also. For the full results, please go to here

Talking Points
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

Camp Carousing

We returned to the Defiance County Law Enforcement Range located between Bryan and Defiance, Ohio the weekend of July 11th and 12th for the 2009 regional Defiance skirmish. Our hosts were the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and we had fine weather for this pleasant skirmish. Games were going on in the campground, with a rather large number of kids of all sizes playing. There was an unusual event that interrupted the games on Saturday evening involving a caped crusader cavorting around, with a trail of kids streaming along behind. Earlier Saturday afternoon we had a photographer from one of the local papers touring the range. She spent quite a bit of time on the range taking pictures and talking with members from various teams. She asked a fair amount of questions, and was very appreciative for the time we spent sharing our passion for this sport.

I don't believe it

In the team results, the 110th OVI dominated the musket match with a total time of 386.6 seconds. The 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry took 2nd place by 18 seconds over the 6th Wisconsin in class A-1. In class A-2 the 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics slid past the 19th Michigan Volunteer Infantryn by 15.9 seconds for a 1st place finish. In carbine class A-2, three teams fought for third place and were all within 41 seconds. Smoothbore team matches were close, with the top 3 teams all finishing within 44 seconds of each other. And in the Breechloader class, the 110th Ohio pulled past the 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry by 30 seconds for a 1st place finish. For the full results, please go to here.

Blanks and Booms
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

Showing the public

This year's skirmish at the Blue Water Sportsman's Association was held the weekend of June 13th and 14th, and was hosted by the 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry. The weather was sunny and with 5 different team matches there was plenty of shooting. The public came out to see what we were doing, and we got a chance to talk and share our sport with them. As for the competition itself, the range was set up for 50 yards so the tiles we normally shoot at 100 yards were shot at 50 yards instead. There were at least 2 cases (that I know of) of top shooters who blanked the event. It just goes to show what failure to concentrate can do (and that it happens to all of us).

A Sean sized crater

During the cannon match, the smoothbore gun crewed by the 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry grabbed the attention of the spectators as it bellowed each shot forth into the targets. The shower of dirt as each shot slammed into the berm was impressive. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to beat Wally & Norm Gibson's (of the 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry) almost perfect score of 50-3V with their rifled cannon. The crack of the 1.5" projectile from the Ellesworth cannon wasn't nearly as impressive when it hit the berm, but it did destroy the hanging targets just as well as the larger guns.

5th Battery

For the team results, the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry continued to collect first place medals in class A-1 musket and carbine with significant leads over the competition. In musket class A-1 the 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry slid past the 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry by 10.1 seconds for second place. In class A-2 musket the 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics held a 4+ minute lead and in class A-3 the Huron Rangers Riflemen, 5th Michigan Volunteer Infantry held almost a 3 minute lead. In Carbine class A-2 the 21st Michigan Infantry pulled to within 35 seconds of first place but were not quite capable of catching Richmond Purcell's Battery. In smoothbore the 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry strode to an 83.5 second lead over the remaining 8 teams. In the breechloader event the 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics edged past the 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry by 13.7 seconds. For the full results, please go to here.

Ah, the Memories…
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

Earlier this year I had a chance to enjoy my trip down to lovely Fort Shenandoah for Spring Nationals, which ran from May 13th – 17th. Nationals were very busy with all of the activities packed into such a limited time. We had the traditional rain, resulting in some severely wet positions on the firing line, but we persevered like we always do. For many people, the Spring Nationals are the kickoff of the skirmish season. Around the campfire this year were talks about the origins of friendships and those who went before us. I appreciate that we take the time to pass along memories of the people who preceded us in this organization, generation after generation.

Since there are a slew of team and individual results to cover, I decided to summarize the National results based on NWT participation. 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.

Team Results Individual Results Norm Gibson at the Miller Competition

In the non-shooting competitions, I wanted to point out that Norm Gibson of the 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry won the Robert L. Miller Award for the Most Authentic Skirmisher. Winning this award takes a tremendous amount of work and preparation and he deserves congratulations for his dedication to detail. Photo courtesy of Wally Gibson, also of the 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry.

There is something else that I wanted to pass along about this organization. There is a commitment to each other, to support and help each other when times are down. When the heavy rain flooded out tents in several low lying campsites, it didn’t take long for people to volunteer extra beds or dry space or clothing for those who were flooded out. People really stick together when times are rough. It really is a family thing.

Short Run.
Hugh McLeod, NWT Public Information Officer.

Rob Trost playing in the mud

Welcome to the beginning of the 2009 Northwest Territory skirmish season. Our first regional skirmish of the year took place at the Lansing Muzzle-Loading Gun Club, located at 8545 Garrison Road in Laingsburg, MI on April 25th and 26th. The club members welcomed us back to their range, and they made every attempt to ensure that we had a good time. Unfortunately our skirmish was cut short by the severe downpour of rain. The weather was fine during the individual competitions and most of the carbine match but the sky opened up during the last relay of the last carbine event. The downpour was so severe that at least one team called time after 1/10th of a second to avoid standing in the rain further. Because of the downpour the smoothbore match was cancelled. With the threat of severe rain Sunday morning the musket match was also called off. This gave us time to try and get everyone’s vehicles out of the mud. This was a large team effort, as people joined together to push out vehicles and campers that had sunk in the mud during the rain. The Laingsburg members volunteered a tractor and time to help us get vehicles and trailers out, which was invaluable for the larger rigs.

Push

The 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry took a definitive lead in the Class A-1 carbine event with a 3 minute lead over the 1st Michigan Infantry, which held almost a 4 minute lead over the remainder of the teams in that class. In class A-2 Battery "C", First Michigan Light Artillery held over a 6 minute lead over the rest of their class. In class B competition the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry finished in almost half of the time of their nearest competitors. The full results can be found here.


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