There were many side effects to the Federal and Commonwealth of Virginia law enforcement’s actions in Lexington. The burning of downtown. The arrest, transport, and eventual rescue of Lexington’s mayor. The negotiated withdrawal of Commonwealth officers after the Feds fled the field of battle with their mayor and his family. The officers felt like they had been left high and dry to fight their fellow officers from Lexington while the Feds ran for safety. That caused many of them to question certain talking points from Richmond and Washington. They did not voice their questions though. Questions were dangerous in those times. But they made preparations. They called in favors. They may have even swapped duty assignments. It was a sad day when former Vice President Freemon and his children disappeared from Federal custody. A sad day they had nothing at all to do with, of course.