On March 27th, 2010 the N-SSA will embark on a new experiment in Skirmishing: the Recruitment Skirmish. This will be a hands-on experience for those with an interest in learning to skirmish along side the rest of us.
Muskets, Carbines, Smoothbores, Repeaters, even Mortars and Cannon are planned to be demonstrated and more than that, aimed and fired by the potential recruits.
This event is planned to be held at two locations on the same date. The primary skirmish will be held by the Chesapeake Region at Fort Shenandoah, and the secondary by the Mid-Atlantic Region, at their range in Fort Ross, PA.
In a time when the Nation’s economy is less than favorable to hobbies such as ours, and knowing that the 150th Civil War Anniversary events will quickly be upon us, this may be one of the tickets to membership decline rehabilitation, both on the team and national levels.
This new spin on an old idea may be fruitful if enough new members can be brought on board. My only question is where are these skirmisher-wannabees hiding, and how are they getting their invitation to attend? (That’s not a criticism, just my simple question for today.)
Here is more info extracted from the recruitment flier:
“Have you ever wondered what it was like for the soldiers of the American Civil War to shoot their firearms? Were those firearms accurate? Could the soldiers use them effectively? Or were the massive casualties really just a result of massive amounts of lead flying at the enemy?
“Come to Fort Shenandoah, the home range of the North-South Skirmish Association in Gainesboro, Virginia, on March 27, 2010, and see the firearms of the Civil War demonstrated. THEN, under proper supervision, you can fire the muskets, rifles, and carbines that the soldiers used in the war. Many of these firearms will be originals. We will also demonstrate cannons and mortars. This will be a great opportunity for you to understand, to a degree, what it was like for the soldiers of the Civil War when the guns went off. Everyone is welcome.”
I hope this Skirmish will be a great success! (now if we’d only start offering some Lifetime Memberships to new recruits!)
PS: I hope most of you got the Facebook invitation to attend Friday’s Open Chat event. If you have not heard, our chat room at CivilWarTalk will be open for members and guests who would like to gather together and discuss Skirmishing. No registration is required, every skirmisher is welcome, here are the event details: Friday, Feb 12th from 9 to 11pm EST, the chat room will be setup for non-registered users at about 8pm, and stay open till about Midnight. A practice chat will also be held tonight (2/8) for registered users and non-registered guests from 8pm on, please join us! To RSVP visit Facebook!