WI Vets Museum Tour Gary Van Kauwenbergh

A small group of ACWSA members were treated to a special tour of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum holdings with Curator Kevin Hampton on June 19, 2016.  Only about 3% of the museums holdings are on display at any one time.  Pictured items include the vest and handkerchief 2nd Wisconsin Commander [ » ]

2016 ACWSA Nationals-Stats/Pix Gary Van Kauwenbergh

The American Civil War Shooting Assn. (ACWSA) successfully held its first National Skirmish on June 10-12, 2016, at the Chief Wa-Ke’-De range near Bristol, Indiana. 10 of the 17 association’s units fielded of 14 musket, 15 carbine, 8 revolver, 11 smoothbore and 5 breechloader teams.  17 members participated in the [ » ]

8th Wisconsin 2016 Outreach Pix Gary Van Kauwenbergh

The 8th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment reached out four time this Spring with three school visits at Eagle River, Wausau West, and Appleton Elementary, along with a Memorial Day appearance at Harshaw Cemetery.  Thank you Pam Kirk for the photos.  Well done 8th!

8th Wisconsin 2016 Outreach Pix

2016-Q1 Amazon Smile Donation Gary Van Kauwenbergh

The ACWSA just received another $22.90 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation for purchases made between the beginning of January and end of March 2016.  Donations for the entire year of 2015 totaled $44.80, so obviously more ACWSA members are using the program.  Thanks to everyone who’s participating! AmazonSmile donates ½% [ » ]

David Gramling Obituary Gary Van Kauwenbergh

David Gramling, alumni member of the ACWSA, and 6th Wisconsin ‘pard’ in both the N-SSA and ACWSA for many years passed on Monday, May 15, 2016.  Click here for a copy of his obituary.

1st Wis Gray Frock Coat Gary Van Kauwenbergh

The First Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Gray Frock Coat of Corporal Milton Ewen Research Notes On Friday, March 24, 2006, Scott Frank, Marc Storch and Gary Van Kauwenbergh, met with Wisconsin Veterans Museum Curator of Collections Bill Brewster to examine the frock coat belonging to Corporal Milton Ewen of the First Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.  [ » ]

Old Soldier Fiddler 2016 Video Gary Van Kauwenbergh

Old Soldier Fiddlers performed at the Kenosha Civil War Museums Expo on Saturday, March 12, 2016, and the video of their performance is on YouTube at  The group mixes history with music and humor in a multimedia presentation.  This year’s performance features the story of Bailey’s Dam during the Red River [ » ]

2016 Kenosha Civil War Expo Gary Van Kauwenbergh

On March 12, 2016, Dan Christiansen, Mary Borsic and Steve Sherry ran a display table promoting the ACWSA at the 16th annual Civil War Museum Expo in Kenosha, WI.  The Old Soldier Fiddlers performed at noon, giving an hour-long multimedia presentation that combined Civil War stories with a sing-along.

2015 Mary Borsic@Chickamauga Gary Van Kauwenbergh

Stephen Sherry of the ACWSA’s 15th Wisconsin Infantry “Norwegian Bear Hunters” passed on these photos of team member Mary Borsic’s trip to Chickamauga battlefield, showing the monuments for the regiment their team is named after.