Dennis E. Frye, chief historian of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, will speak on “September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril.” “September Suspense” refers to General Lee’s 1862 invasion of the North and the Maryland Campaign.
For three weeks during September 1862, the atmosphere in the nation was electric, as people wondered what the future would hold. Lee was then marching toward Union soil, panicking cities and causing the North to wonder if it should redouble its efforts or let the South pursue its course.
Frye is a prominent Civil War historian, writer, lecturer, guide and preservationist. He has appeared on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, A&E and has also helped produce television features on John Brown and the Battle of Antietam.
Frye was also an associate producer for the Civil War movie, “Gods and Generals.” He is an avid preservationist and has helped save battlefields in 12 states. He has also led tours for numerous organizations including Civil War Round Tables, the Smithsonian and National Geographic.
Frye is the author of more than 75 articles some of which have been published in Civil War Times Illustrated, America’s Civil War, Blue & Gray Magazine, North and South Magazine, and Hallowed Ground. He is also the author of six books. His latest book, “Harpers Ferry Under Fire” will be available for purchase at the presentation on May 5.
His newest publication, “September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril,” is scheduled for release later this year.
The program is made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut and the Connecticut Humanities Council and is presented by The Connecticut Civil War Round Table and the Torrington Historical Society.
His talk is set for Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the Coe Memorial Park Civic Center.
Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information call the Torrington Historical Society at 860-482-8260.