Antietam Shadows: Mystery, Myth & Machination


The Speaker:


Dennis E. Frye recently retired from the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry, where he served for 20 years as Chief Historian. For his service, Dennis earned the Department of Interior's "Distinguished Service Award," the highest honor of the department. Dennis also received the American Battlefield Trust's highest honor, the "Shelby Foote Award," and was awarded the "Nevins-Freeman Award" by the Chicago Civil War Round Table for his years of scholarship and his national leadership role in battlefield preservation.


Dennis has authored 10 books and 101 articles, writing for every major Civil War publication; and he is a tour guide in national demand, leading programs for the Smithsonian, National Geographic, and the New York Times, as well as universities and Civil War groups around the country. Dennis has made frequent national television appearances, including on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, A&E, Fox News, CSPAN and Voice of America.


Dennis is a native of the Antietam/Harpers Ferry area, and he and his wife Sylvia have restored and reside in the post-Antietam headquarters of General Burnside, where President Lincoln conferred with Burnside.




The Subject:


Dennis Frye is known for challenging convention and sparking provocation. Antietam Shadows turns much of what you know about Antietam and the first invasion of the North inside out and upside down. Dennis's newest book starts with this quote: "What is history but a fable agreed upon." This is certain to generate debate and conversation.




The Meal:


A family-style meal will be served at 6:30 PM prior to the program. The cost of the meal is $15.00 per person. Reservations for the meal must be made no later than Sunday, September 9th, with Ed Wheeless ( The meal will consist of baked meat loaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, buttered green peas & pearl onions, rolls, Butter, iced tea, coffee, and dessert.

Dennis Frye
Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018