2001  |  Hall of Fame Member

Dennis E. Frye

Dennis E. Frye
Career HighlightsNational Park Service Historian, Preservationist
AwardEdwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award

Retired National Park Service historian Dennis Frye is one of the founding fathers of the modern Civil War battlefield preservation movement. In 1986, facing a development threat at Grove Farm, where President Abraham Lincoln met with Maj. Gen. George McClellan after the Battle of Antietam, Frye co-founded Save Historic Antietam Foundation and helped preserve the property. The following year, he co-founded the original preservation organization, the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites. As APCWS president from 1995 to 1998, Frye led campaigns to acquire key acreage at Brandy Station, Third Winchester, Cedar Creek and other battlefields. In 2018, Frye retired after 32 years with the Park Service, primarily at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. A native of Hagerstown, Md., Frye and his wife live on a historic farm outside Sharpsburg, Md.

2018 & 2001  |  Hall of Fame Member

Edwin C. Bearss

Badly wounded by Japanese machine-gun fire in the Pacific during World War II, Ed Bearss spent 26 months in military hospitals, where he spent...
2013  |  Hall of Fame Member

The Rev. Bob Bluford

A B-24 bomber pilot in Europe during World War II, the Rev. Bob Bluford returned home to Richmond, Va., to become a Presbyterian minister, a tireless...
2012  |  Hall of Fame Member

Clark B. Hall

FBI supervisory agent and congressional investigator Clark B. “Bud” Hall became involved in the fight to save a part of Virginia’s Chantilly...
2012  |  Hall of Fame Member

Edward T. Wenzel

Ed Wenzel is one of the originators of the modern battlefield preservation movement. He is a co-founder of both the Chantilly Battlefield Association...