For our next meeting Dennis Frye looks at the Antietam Campaign:
Meeting time: 7:30 PM, October 9, 2012.
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia.
Topic: September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril
In the eighteenth month of the Civil War, the Confederacy came close to becoming a permanent fixture on the map of history. It was the nation’s, and Mr. Lincoln’s, most trying month, as Gen. Robert E. Lee invaded Union soil, panicking entire cities, destroying fragile political alliances and causing all of the North to rethink the fight and question whether it was best to redouble its war efforts or give up and let the South pursue its own course. For three weeks in September, the air was electric, nerves were at the breaking point and the whole of the North held its breath.
About our speaker:
Dennis E. Frye is the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Writer, lecturer, guide, and preservationist, Dennis is a prominent Civil War historian. Dennis has numerous television appearances and he helped produce award-winning features on the Battle of Antietam and abolitionist John Brown. He is co-founder and first president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, and he is co-founder and a former president of today’s Civil War Trust, where he helped save battlefields in twelve states. He has written numerous articles and eight books. Recent titles are: Antietam Revealed, Harpers Ferry Under Fire, and the just released September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril. Dennis resides near the Antietam Battlefield in Maryland, and he and his wife Sylvia have restored the home that was used by General Burnside as his post-Antietam headquarters.