22nd Early Bird Skirmish: Starting the 2011 Season Right!

by Mike Kendra on March 14, 2011

Thankfully, there was no repeat of last years flooding at the Fort, and a successful Early Bird Skirmish hosted by the 2nd Virginia Volunteer Infantry was held this weekend.

The weather was sunny and mild, so if you missed it, you really missed it. My only complaint was the mushy ground, but even that made sticking your bayonet in the ground easier, so it was a trade off!

This weekend’s event included the standard fare of Individual and Team matches, including a mortar match held during individuals. Below are some of the highlights from those matches:

Mortar Team Match:

1st – 5th VA Inf Co. A 28ft, 1 inch

Smoothbore Team Match:
Class A

1st – 8th Regt VA Inf (A) with a 239.8
2nd – 8th Regt VA Inf (B) with a 294.2

Class B

1st – 8th Regt VA Inf (C) with a 333.6

Breech-loader Team Match:
Class A

1st – 9th VA Cav with a 125.3
2nd – 1st MD Cav with a 125.6

Revolver Team Match:
Class A-1

1st – 17th VA Inf with a 133.0
2nd – Mc Gregors 2nd Battery with a 167.6
3rd – Jeff Davis Legion with a 171.2

Carbine Team Match:
Class A-1

1st – 8th Regt VA Vol Inf with a 292.0
2nd – Washington Blue Rifles with a 319.2
3rd – Knap’s Battery with a 337.8

Class A-2

1st – Chartiers Valley Guards with a 547.6
2nd – Hazelwood Vol with a 669.3

Class A-3

1st – 11th PA Vol Inf with a 743.4

Class B

1st – Washington Blue Rifles with a 431.5

Class C

1st – 8th Regt VA Vol Inf with a 732.0

Musket Team Match:
Class A-1

1st – 8th Regt VA Vol Inf with a 549.7
2nd – 9th VA Cav with a 564.1
3rd – Washington Blue Rifles with a 572.1

Class A-2

1st – R. Preston Chew’s Battery with a 1080.2
2nd – 3rd MD Arty with a 1132.1

Class A-3

1st – Chesapeake Arty with a 1236.7

Class B

1st – Washington Blue Rifles with a 749.7

It’s interesting to note how close the Breechloader Team Match was, just 3 tenths of a second seperating 1st and 2nd!

Here are some notable individual match scores:

In 1st Place Class 1, 25 Yard Smoothbore there was a score of 99-2X
In 1st Place Class 1, 50 Yard Musket there was a score of 94-2X
The Grand Agregate was awarded with a score of 513-4X

Your’s truly only participated in the 25 yard Smoothbore Individuals and the Musket Team match. Being unclassified in smoothbore I knew I was competing with in Class 1, but I was surprised to find myself in Third Place with an 88-1X, unfortunately, they only awarded two medals…

In the afternoon, the one big issue for the weekend, the main bathrooms next to the stat house became full (perhaps water from the wet winter?) but our tireless property manager Tim came to the rescue with porta-potties, and the issue was fixed by morning. Thanks Tim!

Daylight Savings passed Saturday night and everyone seemed to arrive at the Sunday 9am Musket team match without too much drama.

The Musket Match was a real hoot. I was picked up by R. Preston Chew’s Battery, and we all enjoyed the events and the weather, a bit windy, but overall a good March day! I was thrilled to learn late after the match that we won a Gold Medal in Class A-2. I hope they will hold that medal for me until next time I see them!

Tomorrow I hope to post a collection of photos from the event, see you then!

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