Photographic memories: William Frassanito '68 brings history to life

William Frassanito

A story in The Washington Post this summer cited the many ways author and battlefield historian William A. Frassanito ’68 has increased public and academic understanding of the events at Gettysburg.

“As far as having a really solid impact on the historical thinking and understanding of the battlefield, very few other people have contributed to it like Bill Frassanito,” Gettysburg historian John Heiser of the National Park Service told the Post.

Frassanito’s study of historic photographs have helped the National Park Service restore parts of the battlefield to their original appearance. It was he who revealed that the iconic image of the dead Confederate “sharpshooter” in Devil’s Den had been staged.

This year, a highlight of the annual Civil War Institute Summer Conference was a panel on the importance of Frassanito’s work, ending with a surprise visit by him.

Read more about alums who are looking for ways to involve the public in the past in the full article Gettysburgians bring history to life for the people, from the Fall 2013 issue of Gettysburg magazine.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

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Posted: Mon, 4 Nov 2013

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