Member Articles

2024 Streator Skirmish – Hosted by Battery H Connor Ahrens

ACWSA President, Bob Chabalowski, reported that, “This past Saturday was hot and humid, but all survived and had a great time. For the Saturday night dinner a Taco bar was set up and was very tasty.  The sun made it a beautiful day with low humidity, plenty of sunshine, and [ » ]

Rest in Peace Founding Father Connor Ahrens

In 1999, Gary co-founded the American Civil War Shooting Association (ACWSA). He was a passionate and dedicated member, showcasing his pride in representing the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry at many skirmishes. However, due to the pandemic and health concerns, Gary had to step back from active participation. Nevertheless, his passion [ » ]

2024 Appleton Skirmish – Hosted by 66th NC Connor Ahrens

Though the weekend started out rather damp, it did not deter the men and women of the Union and Confederate forces from skirmishing at the Twin City Rod & Gun Club Inc.  Through on and off rain the troops continued to pour lead into the targets of the Neenah gun [ » ]

2022 Appleton Skirmish Stats Gary Van Kauwenbergh

June 4-5, 2022 Appleton Skirmish Results Breechloader Team  1st: 15WI  2nd: 2WI  3rd: 66NCSmoothbore team  1st: 56VA  2nd: 66NC  3rd: 2WI  4th: 15WI  5th: 1USSS  6th: Btry H  7th: 56VA B team Carbine team  1st: 1USSS  2nd: 15WI  3rd: Btry H  4th: 66NC  5th: 2WI  6th: 56VA Musket Team  1st: 2WI  2nd: 1USSS  3rd: ?  4th: ?  5th: ?  6th: ?  

Insurance Explanation Gary Van Kauwenbergh

There are many types of insurance policies.  The ACWSA has always had a general liability policy.  All nonprofit organizations should purchase general liability insurance. General liability policies cover against claims made against the organization by third parties for bodily injury and property damage occurring during our operations.  It does not [ » ]

More Rebs In Madison, WI Gary Van Kauwenbergh

“The Captured, the Sick, and the Dead: Confederate Prisoners at Camp Randall”Book Review by Gary Van Kauwenbergh In my humble opinion, Laurence Donald Desotell has written the definitive book on the soldiers buried in Confederate Rest in Madison, WI.  Its title is “The Captured, the Sick, and the Dead: Confederate [ » ]

ACWSA Members CW Ancestors Gary Van Kauwenbergh

Jan and Bren Buck’s (2WI) Great-great-great grandfather Private Amos Buck, a 36-year-old carpenter from Farmington, WI, enlisted as a musician in Company B, 36th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He served with the unit in the battles from Cold Harbor through the Siege of Petersburg, where he was wounded in action.  He [ » ]

2018 Milton, WI School Day Gary Van Kauwenbergh

Stephen Sherry, Al Borland and Gary Van Kauwenbergh hosted a station covering small arms use in the Civil War at the Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Association’s School Day on May 17, 2018 in Milton, Wisconsin.  About 2,000 students from the area schools attended.  There were over two dozen stations covering [ » ]

Isaac Earl & His Scouts Gary Van Kauwenbergh

The Notorious Isaac Earl and His Scouts, By Cordon L Olson Book report by Gary Van Kauwenbergh The Confederacy had Mosby’s Rangers, but the Union had Isaac Earl and His Scouts. Isaac Earl was a Wisconsin soldier who led a small group of hand-picked Union troops disrupting Confederate operations and illegal [ » ]