Formerly the Northern California Region (NCR) of the Civil War Skirmish Association (CWSA). New name, but same great bunch of skirmishers.

One of the main purposes of B&GSA is to maintain an appreciation of the sacrifices made by both sides , in the Civil War. Members of the B&GSA have been particularly active in community and civic affairs. These events have included providing an Honor Guard for dedication of the State Capital as an Historic Landmark and holding Civil War encampments in Old Sacramento State Park.

B&GSA's principal activity is competitive shooting called skirmishes. We compete with original and authentic reproduction cap and ball revolvers, carbines, rifles, muskets, and occasionally cannons and mortars, of the Civil War period. Our arms are loaded and fired in the original manner. There is individual and team Competition. We are not a battle reenactment group and do not use opposing lines in demonstrations. We have very strict safety regulation and do not tolerate unsafe practices.