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Join the N-SSA!The N-SSA: A place for people who:

  • Have a love of Civil War History...
  • Enjoy Black Powder Shooting...
  • Thrive on Competiions in: musket, carbine, revolver and artillery...
  • Enjoy camaraderie in a family-friendly gathering...

If any of these interest you, then take a look at the N-SSA. Click here to learn more...

Special Matches Highlight Finale of the Civil War Sesquicentennial


The North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) will hold its 131st National Competition on May 14-17, 2015, at Fort Shenandoah, near Winchester, Virginia. Member units compete in live-fire matches with original or authentic reproduction Civil War period muskets, carbines, rifles, revolvers, mortars and cannons. It is the largest Civil War event of its kind in the country.

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The 131st Nationals - May 13-17, 2015


It's soon time for our Spring Nationals. We'll be there before we know it, May is almost here!

This year we have a special event, the ROTC Artillery Demonstration on Thursday at 5:30. And we also have a new regular event, Traditional Musket matches, which will happen Friday at 6:00 pm after the mortar match is completed. 

See you at the Fort! Click here to see the schedule details and for a downloadable copy.


Skirmish Line

The Skirmish Line


Issue12009cover-smThe Skirmish Line is a quarterly publication by and for members of the North-South Skirmish Association, Inc.

Non-member annual subscriptions are available at a cost of $20/year US funds.

Current issues of The Skirmish Line are $5.00 each. Back issues of The Skirmish Line are $3.50 each.

For back issues issues contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Editor can be reached by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We encourage N-SSA members to submit articles for future issues.

You can find lists of articles for back issues here, as well as many linked articles going back to 1996 (online articles will have blue links in the title or in the issue name if there are multiple articles).

You will need the Adobe Reader in order to view the more recent issues, and can download that here:


The links below will take you to back issues of the Skirmish Line. Older issues will have lists of articles, and as they get more current, we've got some of the articles linked online.

As of 2011, the Skirmish Line is now online as a full issue. We expect to go back to print issues (and keep doing online issues) in the future, but for now the Skirmish Line is an online publication. The links below will open a page with a PDF that you can enlarge to read online, or save to your computer to print or read later.