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April 23, 2015


Harpers Ferry Under Fire

Dennis E. Frye

Harpers Ferry experienced the Civil War like no other place. As perspective, Antietam was one day; Gettysburg three. Harpers Ferry was 1,400 consecutive days of civil war. Trapped on the border between North and South, the once-booming industrial town was decimated as the two armies contested for Harpers Ferry’s strategic location. The famous railroad bridge crossing the Potomac epitomizes the desperate situation – destroyed nine times in four years. And, Harpers Ferry is a case study of repeated invasions, military occupations, martial law, even executions.

Quaint and beautiful today, Harpers Ferry was one of the most dangerous places in America from 1861-1865. As one observer noted: “The work of destruction was as complete as human malignity could make it.”

FryeDennis 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 appearances on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and A&E as a guest historian, and he helped produce Emmy award-winning television features on the Battle of Antietam, abolitionist John Brown, and Maryland during the Civil War. Dennis is one of the nation’s leading Civil War battlefield preservationists. 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, from whom he received the Trust’s highest honor – the Shelby Foote Award. Dennis is a tour guide in demand, leading tours for organizations such as the Smithsonian, National Geographic, numerous colleges and universities, and Civil War Roundtables. Dennis also is a well-known author, with 92 articles and eight books.

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.

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Kendra Debany ..................................President

Roger Heller ...........................................Vice President

Lynn Heller .............................................Secretary

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Hilda Koontz, Larry Korczyk, Dale Molina,Larry Plymire, Ron Rock, Don Sangirardi, and Cindy King (past President)

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Plaque Committee:
Reviews and places plaques on buildings that existed during the Battle in Adams County. For information or an application, contact Cindy King.

Book Award Committee:
Review books for the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Book Award.

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Plan future trips for the members of the Civil War Roundtable.

If you are interested in more information, or joining, one the committees, please contact any Officer or Board Member.


CWRT Summer Field Trip: Harpers Ferry Under Fire

The Summer Field Trip will be to Harper's Ferry on June 13, 2015.

Quaint and beautiful today, Harpers Ferry was one of the most dangerous places in America from 1861-1865. As one observer noted: “The work of destruction was as complete as human malignity could make it.”

Dennis E. Frye is the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Writer, lecturer, guide, preservationist, and prominent Civil War historian will be our guide for the Summer Field Trip.

Plans are to leave Walmart parking lot on Saturday morning. The trip will take place rain or shine.

For more information, will be posted as it becomes available.


...it sounds like such a long time, but in the blink of an eye it passes. At the end of April, my two years as President of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable are already over. It’s hard to believe two years have gone by so quickly!

I have enjoyed this opportunity so much! It has been such a fun time for me and I will be sad to see it come to an end. BUT, on the other hand, I will also be happy to still be sitting on the Board of Directors for another two years and to still be seeing all of you at the monthly meetings.

I would like to say a big “thank you” to the members of the Roundtable’s Board of Directors. You have made my job so enjoyable these past two years! You guys are a great group and it’s been a pleasure working with all of you! Thank you!

See you at the next meeting!

- Kendra


May 28
Curt Gaul
Program Developments by the National Park Service


June 25
Tim Smith
Evergreen Cemetery and the Civil War


July 23
Rich Kohr
The 1922 Marine Encampment at Gettysburg


August 27
Wayne Motts and James Hessler
Pickett's Charge


Sept 24
Tim Snyder
The C&O Canal in the Gettysburg Campaign


October 22
Brian McEnany and James Lewis
The March of the 2nd Corps to Gettysburg in June 1863


November 19
Philip Leigh
lntersectional Trade During the Civil War


Dec - Holiday Banquet
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