PRESENT DAY IREDELL BLUES
Organized in 2001 and mustered into competition on August 9, 2001, the current Iredell Blues (4th North Carolina State Troops, Company A) became members of the North-South Skirmish Association, otherwise known as the N-SSA and the Carolina Region. The home of the Iredell Blues skirmish team is known as Fort Allison in Statesville, North Carolina where they have one of the largest N-SSA ranges in the south.
The Iredell Blues is comprised of men and women who enjoy live fire competition using Civil War weaponry. Most of the charter members of the team had ancestors that were in the original Iredell Blues (Company A, 4th North Carolina State Troops) and are pleased to honor the memory of their ancestors by continuing their name.
Although a fairly young team by N-SSA standards, they held their own in the early years of their existence. Competing in Musket, Carbine, Revolver and Mortar competition they have been fortunate enough to win National medals in both team and individual competitions at Fort Shenandoah in Winchester, Virginia.
Fourth North Carolina State Troops,Company A
Honoring Our Ancestors
THE IREDELL BLUES SKIRMISH TEAM
THE ORIGINAL IREDELL BLUES
The Iredell Blues were formed and commissioned by the State in Iredell County, Statesville, North Carolina as a State Militia in 1840. Colonel John M. Young was organizer and commander. Ready for service whenever demanded, its members came from among some of the best young men of the county who had a fancy for military drill and display. At General musters they always marched at the head of the regiment and were in demand at all public and gala occasions in the county and state whenever military display was wanted to add interest and dignity to the proceedings.
When the War came to the State of North Carolina, the Governor called for 14 regiments of Volunteers. The Iredell Blues (then known as The Independent Iredell Blues) responded quickly and were sent to Fort Caswell on the coast of North Carolina. From there they were sent to Fort Andrews and then to Camp Hill at Garysburg, North Carolina for training. In Camp Hill they became a part of the 4th North Carolina State Troops. The Blues were then known as Company A of the 4th Regiment North Carolina State Troops and would become the nucleus of the regiment. They had a membership of between 30 and 40 at that time. They were mustered into the 4th Regiment, Company A, North Carolina State Troops in June of 1861 by State Convention.
From their first brush with adversaries at Williamsburg, Virginia in 1862 until the last shots fired during the cease-fire and surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia ordered by General Lee at Appomattox Court House in April of 1865, they were to become one of the few North Carolina regiments to have stayed together as a whole regiment for the duration of the war.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN KNOWING MORE ABOUT THE IREDELL BLUES SKIRMISH TEAM OR THE NORTH-SOUTH SKIRMISH ASSOCIATION?
If you are interested in learning more about what we do or if you would like more information on the Iredell Blues skirmish team please contact Commander - Jim Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kenneth Byers at email@example.com
For additional information on the North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA), please visit their website at : http://n-ssa.org/.