People who are keen on history from all around the country assembled at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park in Frederick County, Virginia during the weekend of Oct. 14 to celebrate and honor the 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek during the American Civil War.
Fought on Oct. 19, 1864, the event was the culminating battle of the Valley Campaigns of 1864, fought in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. The battle ended in a Union victory.
Before the planned event, the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation as it was reported, got a letter “threatening bodily harm to attendants of the event.”
Notwithstanding this intimidation, the organization decided to go along with the event, however, they increased security measures.
Moreover, in an announcement on the organization’s website, under the heading “IMPORTANT MESSAGE : PLEASE READ,” the foundation stated:
“We would like to make everyone aware that the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation has received a letter threatening bodily harm to attendants of this event. With this in mind, security has been increased and we ask that everyone work with us for a safe and enjoyable event. Please pardon the inconvenience as you may experience increased security measures when enjoying the event.”
According to one event attendees, reenactors were setting up for their event Saturday afternoon when an unusual package was first located.A
It was reported by The Winchester Star that Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Middletown Police Department were informed at around 4 p.m.
Thomas Meadows who was a reenactor and historian who explained they had to evacuate the premises and he left all his belongings and his car before the range was ultimately considered secure.
According to WUSA, the thing was reported to look like a pipe bomb. No one was hurt during the incident, which the FBI is examining simultaneously with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department and Middletown Police.
No motive for the threat was instantly obvious.
However, it comes at a time of debate over whether or not Confederate War memorials have a place in public settings, or whether it is suitable to present the Confederate Flag.
Thomas Meadows expressed feeling caught in the recent dispute, explaining that war reenactors just want to show and teach history.
“We just want to tell the story, we’re not trying to make a political statement,” he said.
Notwithstanding what happened Saturday, attendees proceeded on Sunday, with a twist: Before the start of the reenactment, both sides approached and shook hands. The Confederate Army played “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the Union Army played “Dixie.” Both crowds then sang together “USA, USA.”
When questioned how Sunday’s introduction made him feel, Meadows stated, “When the world goes crazy, you find out God is looking out for you.”