Dennis Frye is the chief historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the author of seven books and scores of articles on a variety of Civil War topics. He is among the founders of the modern battlefield preservation movement and a recipient of the Trust's Shelby Foote Preservation Legacy Award. As president of the APCWS he oversaw the Shenandoah Valley's first multi-million-dollar preservation effort: Third Winchester.
The United States is under attack. Foreboding news bombards the president. Danger stabs Washington. The army stands at full alert. The navy patrols the Potomac. Abraham Lincoln is under siege in September 1862.
American Battlefield Trust President Jim Lighthizer, American Battlefield Trust Director of History and Education Garry Adelman, and Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Dennis Frye, explain battlefield preservation.
On the 150th anniversary of John Brown's raid, look back to the controversy of the 100th anniversary in 1959 ? in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement ? when the memory of Brown continued to prick federal policy and elicit fear within federal agencies.
Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant summoned Maj. Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan into the Shenandoah Valley with a dual mission - destroy Jubal Early's army and destroy the Valley of Virginia. As an added benefit, Sheridan's Shenandoah victories ensured Lincoln a second term in the 1864 election for the president.