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Harpers Ferry Under Fire

A Border Town in the American Civil War

by Dennis E. Frye; edited by Catherine Baldau (HFPA, 2012)

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This 200-page pictorial narrative explores the town’s tumultuous war years through the voices of the civilians, nurses, and soldiers who experienced it firsthand. Their diaries, letters, and memoirs relay the fear, emotions, and sometimes humor that carried them through the war. Sidebars, historic photos, illustrations, maps, and full-color images enhance this vivid tale of humanity and war at the once peaceful confluence of two rivers.

In March 2013 the Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) named Harpers Ferry Under Fire the winner of their 2013 Media and Partnership Award for Publications. I was thrilled to be in Portland, OR, to accept this award on behalf of the Harpers Ferry Park Association.

Click here to read the Introduction I wrote for the book.


This book is available at the Park Bookshop in historic Lower Town Harpers Ferry, by calling 304.535.6881, or visiting


**The Harpers Ferry Park Association is a non-profit cooperating association supporting the education and interpretive programs of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. All proceeds from the sale of their publications benefit park programs.


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