Pvt Calvin Lucas Maj Henry Clitz Lt Henry Smith
The 12th Regiment US Regular Infantry of the
North-South Skirmish Association
was founded by James Mahon in 1975 and continues
to participate in numerous live-fire musket,
carbine, revolver, smoothbore, and mortar team competitions, at "skirmishes",
held throughout the year at Ft. Shenandoah.
Ft. Shenandoah is the home range for the N-SSA,
on approximately 670 acres, just north of Winchester, VA.
N-SSA competitors shoot original or approved
reproductions of Civil War period rifled-muskets, rifles, carbines, smoothbores, revolvers,
breechloading rifles, mortars, and field artillery pieces.
First and foremost, skirmishing is a Team sport.
Each team works together under pressure to hit
breakable targets in several timed events in the least
amount of time. The teams with the lowest cumulative
times win medals or other awards.
The excitement really begins when, upon hearing the
sound of the horn, a volley of musket fire
fills the air with smoke and flame!
Yet, skirmish activities entail considerably more than
shooting original or reproduction Civil War era firearms.
There are also competitions for authenticity of Civil War
period dress, both military and civilian,
in multiple categories.
Winning medals during individual or team competitions
is great but the fun, both on & off the firing line,
keeps you coming back!
Current membership spans all level of ability,
from novice to expert class.
Contact us if you'd like more information!
If you have any questions, comments, or interest in joining the 12th, please contact us via email: 12th US
Lt Walter Franklin three musicians, Lt William Andrews company H, 12th US
at Ft Hamilton,
Capt. Henry Rathbone
A native of Albany, New York, Rathbone received three brevets for gallant and meritorious service during the Civil War. On the night of April 14, 1865, Major Rathbone and his fiancée, accompanied President & Mrs. Lincoln to Ford’s Theater and, in the struggle which ensued after John Wilkes Booth shot the President, Rathbone received a severe knife wound to the left arm. He was forever haunted by the events of the Lincoln assassination. Appointed U.S. Consul to Hanover, Germany, a position he held a number of years. Becoming suddenly insane, he murdered his wife, Clara Harris, in 1883 and was sent to the Hildesheim Insane Asylum at Hanover, where he remained violently insane until his death in 1911.
Lt Edwin M. Coates Capt Thomas S. Dunn Lt Charles F. VanDuzer