SoSkAn
(Southern Skirmish Association)


Fort Brockhurst, Gosport, England

       There is something about in the air when spring comes so that you wish to get out into the countryside and go camping.  There is also something about re-enacting that makes people want to travel back in time and find what it was like to live and/or fight in that age which you fancy.  Well every year thousands of re-enactors across this country, and the world do this.  Why don't you?
        Our society is the oldest American Civil War re-enactment Society outside of the United States of America and offer battle re-enactments with all the excitement, but without the horror of the 1860's.  Re-enacting any period is a great way to gain an insight to what is was like at that period of time.  At various events throughout the year the society sets up a museum.  This museum has the largest collection of memorabilia of the war outside the USA, muskets, swords, photos, flags etc.
        As a society we have taken part in feature films, documentaries and TV advertising and the Royal Tournament in 1991.  Throughout the season, Easter till September, we will  attend eight, or so,  events throughout the country at Stately Homes, County Fairs and Shows, Museums etc.  Out of season, during the winter months, there are usually two drill weekends organised.  Periodically we participate with our sister society in the North of the country the 'American Civil War Society' at events.

        On the weekend in question
an 'authentic' encampment is set up at the 'battlefield' site.  This is dedicated to an accurate portrayal of military life during the period 1861-5. The public are invited around the camp to visit to see how soldiers of the period lived, and ask many questions i.e. 
Why the ACW? The majority of those who's wives, girlfriends, and children, plus those who like their comforts, set up a 'family camp' some distance away.
        As a member you would go onto the field armed and equipped  like a
Confederate  or Federal soldier of the period.  As you follow the battle flag across the field you would find the scream of the sergeant in your ear and  have the crackle of musketry all around and your eyes blinded by the gun smoke.  Into your ears is the bigger boom of the cannon who demand to be heard, as well as the ground charges going off under foot. And the The Rebel Yell .
       
The days activities include roll call, company and battalion drill, (church service on Sundays, but only for those who are religious) all this usually cumulating in a battle.  Other activities can go on such as a quick firing competitions, parading the drunk, shooting the deserter, even singing can be hear in the ranks of the 16th Tennessee, some are to entertain the public others just for our own entertainment.
        In your 'free' time you can do as you wish even: visit the sutlers to purchase clothes, accoutrements and other
Available Products as well as join in the entertainment that is ongoing.  Some members have found time to write Songs & Poems.
        Many younger members of the society are actively encouraged to take up and learn musical instruments, the fife and drum, and play in the society band, for those so interested help is given.
        Another facet of the society is that up to two times a year we take over 'HMS Warrior', at Portsmouth, with the 'Alabama Crew' and run it as a Confederate warship.  'Warrior' is docked 100 yards from 'HMS Victory' and is not only the first English ironclad but only the second built in the world.
        The society publish 'Bugle Call' a bi-monthly magazine which helps keep members in touch with each other, information of forthcoming events, etc.