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Reading Lee with Dennis Frye: Lee’s Great Expectation of 1862

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


For this year’s Reading Lee series lecture, join Dennis Frye, at 7p.m. in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters Theater, 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia, for a talk “Lee’s Great Expectation of 1862.” The talk is free to the public.


Lecture Synopsis

The Confederacy was at its zenith, and Lee knew it. “The present seems to be the most propitious time since the commencement of the war for the Confederate Army to enter [the North],” wrote General Lee to President Davis on the first Wednesday of September, 1862. Confederate independence seemed possible, if not probable. Now was the moment. But two week later, Lee was in retreat; he had suffered his second defeat; and the South’s rising tide had collapsed. What happened?


The lecture will last around one hour and will be followed by a question and answer segment. Seating is limited so plan to arrive when the doors open at 6:30 pm.


Who is Dennis Frye?

Dennis E. Frye served for 20 years as Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Park. Upon retirement in 2018, Dennis earned the Department of Interior’s highest honor, the “Distinguished Service Award,” for his more than three decades with the National Park Service. Dennis has authored 11 books and 102 articles, writing for every major Civil War publication. His most recent works are: Antietam Shadows: Mystery, Myth & Machination, and ” September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril. Dennis’ book on Harpers Ferry Under Fire: A Border Town during the Civil War won several national book awards. Dennis also has appeared on numerous television and film documentaries, including the History Channel, A&E, C-SPAN, Fox News, the Military Channel and Voice of America. His works include three Emmy Award shows that feature Antietam, Harpers Ferry and Maryland during the Civil War. Dennis is a life-long resident of the Antietam area, and he and his wife Sylvia have restored and reside in General Burnside’s post-Antietam headquarters.


For more information please contact Jon Bachman at 804-493-1972 or JBachman@StratfordHall.org.


Due to unforeseen circumstances Dennis Frye has replaced Bud Robertson as this year’s Reading Lee lecture speaker.

Sponsored by the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation.


May 22
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters Theater
1201 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA

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