The Virginia Defense Force is one of the very few regiments in America with a battle history going back to before the United States was even formed. What is often simply called the Virginia Regiment has served in nearly every major conflict since the French and Indian War. Or elements of it have, at least. It usually represented a final reserve of fighting potential, or a cadre of volunteers ready for more important duties, but by the beginning of the Second Great Depression, it served primarily in non-combat roles to support civil order. It was a glorified civil service agency with delusions of a grand history. That is what most people thought. It may have even been true. But the Virginia Regiment lived up to its name when it helped the Lexington police department rescue their captured mayor from Federal custody. And when they swore to rescue Virginia from Richmond’s tyranny.