Author Archive for Gary Van Kauwenbergh

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

Sham Battles Gary Van Kauwenbergh

Sham Battles – Gary Van Kauwenbergh Private James Northup of Co. H, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry wrote home, on 12/16/1861, that they’d been having division-sized sham battles every few days. Sham battles were apparently common when the war first started. In his recently published journal, “Eye of the Storm”, Private Robert Knox [ » ]

Joseph Bailey Book Review Gary Van Kauwenbergh

Hero of the Red River – The Life and Times of Joseph Bailey, by Michael J. Goc A Book Review by Gary Van Kauwenbergh The story of Bailey building a dam to save the Union fleet trapped by low water during the Red River Campaign ranks right up there with [ » ]

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.

“Drifting to an Unknown Future” – Book Review Gary Van Kauwenbergh

Book review by Gary Van Kauwenbergh “Drifting to an Unknown Future” is a small paperback book of 100 pages that contains the Civil War letters sent home by James and Samuel Northup of Lodi, Wisconsin. It’s edited by Robert C. Steensma, and published by the Center for Western Studies. James, [ » ]

Rock Island Arsenal Tour Gary Van Kauwenbergh

The Rock Island Arsenal is located on an island in the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities.  It is now the largest government-owned weapons manufacturer in the United States, and it’s history predates the Civil War.  The museum is the second oldest US Army museum still operating. 31 pieces of [ » ]