Dennis E. Frye
Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Dennis E. Frye

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 appearances on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and A&E as a guest historian, and he helped produce award-winning television features on the Battle of Antietam and abolitionist John Brown.

Dennis served as an Associate Producer for the Civil War movie Gods and Generals, during which he recruited and coordinated nearly 3,000 re-enactors for the film. Dennis also 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 Preservation Trust, where he helped save battlefields in twelve states. Dennis is a tour guide in demand, leading tours for organizations such as the Smithsonian, National Geographic, numerous colleges and universities, and Civil War Round Tables.

Dennis also is a well-known author, with 77 articles and six books. His latest book is entitled Antietam Revealed. Dennis’ newest book — Harpers Ferry Under Fire — will be published in the fall of 2011 to coincide with the Sesquicentennial. Dennis currently is writing a book entitled Antietam Considered: Lee Challenging Lincoln, scheduled for release in 2012 to coincide with the anniversary of the first invasion of the North and the Maryland Campaign. Dennis has written for prestigious Civil War magazines such as Civil War Times Illustrated, America’s Civil War, Blue & Gray Magazine, North and South Magazine, and Hallowed Ground, and is a guest contributor to the Washington Post.

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.