More security added for Cedar Creek reenactment this weekend

The 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek is going to be just like any other year but with more security, Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation President Joe D’Arezzo said.

“We’re just going to be doing our normal living history of the Battle of Cedar Creek, which occurred in 1864, originally on Oct. 19, and we’re going to have various living history events,” D’Arezzo said. “In addition to that, we’re going to be having authors, published authors, professors and various historians giving lectures.”

Earlier this week the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation posted on its website and Facebook page that it had received a threatening letter related to this weekend’s anniversary events. Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland said that the group received the letter two weeks ago and has not received another since.

Millholland said that the Sheriff’s Office sent information about the threat to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor the FBI thought the threat was credible.

But because of the threat, D’Arezzo said, there would be more security this year than there has been in previous years.

Two of the lectures during the event will be devoted to the Confederate commander Col. John S. Mosby. D’Arezzo said that the speeches will cover a wide range of topics beyond the Battle of Cedar Creek.

“It also will include medicine during the period (and) other elements of life during the campaign,” he said.

D’Arezzo described the annual Battle of Cedar Creek as an important fundraiser that allows the group to purchase and maintain historically notable land.

“We’re really a family oriented foundation, and we put this event on to raise funds to preserve historic landmarks,” he said.

Many of those landmarks, like Cedar Creek, are part of a Civil War battlefield. But D’Arezzo said that the organization is also devoted to preserving land that can be connected to prominent historical figures in the region, like the Hite family.

“We also are working to preserve early American landmarks dating back to the Revolutionary War and even before that,” D’Arezzo said.

He added that the event also has an educational purpose.

“We’re just a family oriented organization, it’s a family oriented event and its main aims are both educational and historical with the intent of preserving,” D’Arezzo said.

If You Go

When:  9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park located along U.S. 11 south of Middletown.

Cost: Adult: $12 per day, seniors, students age 7-17 and law enforcement  $6 per day.  Retired and active military with ID $6 per day. Children 6 and under, free.