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7th April 1865


The United States Army

The Battle of Willow Creek took place at the end of the American Civil War.

The Battle of Willow Creek - 1865

Mr. Tanner wrote this on the blackboard (in Pilot):

The defense of the town was left to a small army of less than 3,000 men against the enemy, never less than 12,000 and sometimes as many as 25,000 and always within a days march. The regiment engaged the enemy at Willow Creek near Mystic Falls, VA. They were driven back across the river until nightfall when fighting subsided and they made camp on the 7th April 1865. The remaining troops left camp and moved 3 miles along the river's south bank. They were determined to make a stand near the Braunwarth Mill, a little below the Falls where Willow Creek meets the river proper because its right flank could be protected by the high bluffs the battle lasted into the night. In the morning the remaining troops retreated into the fortification at Mystic Falls.

Mr. Tanner said there were 346 casualties in this battle and no civilian victims. Stefan Salvatore corrected him, saying that there are 27 civilian casualties, because soldiers fired Fell's Church killing 27 people. The truth is that the Founding Families burned the vampires in the tomb under the Fell's Church.

Burning The Church

During the battle, the Founding Families trapped 27 vampires inside Fell's Church which was set on fire and citizens believed that vampires were killed (but they were protected by Emily Bennett's crystal). Soldiers blamed for the church burning nearby battle. Katherine escaped from the Fell's Church before it was set on fire.

Before the church was burned, Damon Salvatore asked Emily Bennett to protect all the vampires in the church. She did as he asked because he wanted Katherine protected. The crystal is the key to open the tomb.

The crystal appeared 145 years later (in 2009 soon after the comet). The ghost of Emily possessed her descendant Bonnie Bennett and destroyed the crystal.

The remains of the Church are located at the Cemetery.

Alaric Saltzman, the new history teacher had his history students recreate the event as a float for the Founder's Day Celebration.


  • Ironically, Battle of Willow Creek was between humans during the end of the civil war in the USA, near of Mystic Falls. Many years later, Mystic Falls is where exist constant confrontation and possible war between supernatural species may occur.
  • In Dark Reunion, the ghosts are described as civil war soldiers, or people who died during hostile events near of Fell's Church.


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