“Let us all go to Florida in 1915 and show the South…that we appreciate what has been done in the construction of this great Southern range.” From the January 1915 issue of ‘Arms and the Man’ magazine.
This was the year that not only produced higher scores, but also more shooters in attendance at the National Matches. And the 1909 Board Match Report stated in part, "It is possible that had we possessed a National Match from 1850 to 1860 the great Civil War might have been averted."
Brig. Gen. Critchfield advocated for Camp Perry as a new home for the National Matches.
An excerpt from Brig. Gen. Critchfield's memoir, with his account of the discovery of the land on the Lake Erie shore that would become the longtime home of the National Matches.